Poetry

Blue Movies

Child in the pram, your dark face laughing up at your pale mother, the barking dogs that mark your slow perambulation down the street. The autumn sun glistens on your skin, the toys you rattle. Staphylococci are healing around your throat; slowly you’re being fed and needled into health; almost now you can hold your head upright. Your dark eyes flicker from toys to mother, from toes to trees, this new world opening out. For a moment at the corner the pram pauses; your face crumples as a truck rumbles past. Your mother’s hand reaches towards you; quickly your small…

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