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 Nine:
- The Place That He Can Never Return To
- The Cyclops
- The Girl with Many Names by Kristin LaFollette
- Three by Deb Scudder
- The Mourner by Louise Burgess
- Margot by Marni Appleton
- Pebbles on a Shore by Lynne E Blackwood
- blindfolded minds by Rachel Hawkins
- Phantom habits by Blakeley Bartee
- Dementia’s Mantra by Mike Ferguson
- Pack Animals