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.
More from Issue Six:
- Give Sorrow Words by Anna Vaught
- Pull me in by Melissa Fu
- Variations on Girl with a Red Balloon by Tessa Torgeson
- Written in Advance by Nathan Fidler
- Mrs Fox by Marian Womack
- Tomorrow by Vivienne Burgess
- The Kulaks Of Chelsea by Tadhg Muller
- Some Kind Of Happiness by Heidi James
- Dust Covers and Margins by Jennie E. Owen
- Sitting, Standing, Mending by Alison Jean Lester
- Ghosts by Catherine Mitchell
- And I was filled with such delight by Catherine Edmunds