Requesting gems of sugared ginger,
skin pricked with bruises, pale
and loose on her bones –
at some point, since we’re in March,
the month of her birthday and mine,
she penned a card for me
from her hospital bed, before
the lights went out on the ward
and springtime for everyone.
A single pound for a clutch
of unopened daffodil buds, waiting
for her to brighten the season again.
About the Contributor
My name is Nathan Fidler, I’m 29 years old, I currently live in Nottingham and work as a copywriter. My previous work has been published in Interpreter’s House, The North and Orbis.
Downshifting - Adrian Buckner
Sometimes quiet, sometimes comical, Downshifting covers numerous themes, one of them - here and there - is loss and how we remember people and places.
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- Stigma by Abeer Ameer
- Lassaba by Lisa Kiew
- If Fong Has Already Been Born by Alberto Ramirez
- Aftermath by David Hanlon
- Mother by Georgina Norie
- Eating History by Clementine Ewokolo Burnley
- We Are Now Beginning Our Descent by Malcolm Devlin
- Setting Free the Spirits by Susmita Bhattacharya
- What Country’s This? by Alexandra Cocksworth
- BEatIn is just a snow blizzIard by Erkembode