In summers to come her mother
will take this tiny girl, the youngest
of her brood, to the local park.
As she spreads out a picnic of carrot sticks,
cucumber, houmous, apples, bananas,
she will watch her swift and swoop
with her sister across the corporation grass.
And she will remember the hospital room,
the click of monitors, and her baby’s heart,
smaller than a Jenny Wren, beating softly
beneath the birdcage of her ribs.
Angi Holden is a freelance writer and creative writing tutor. Her work includes adult & children’s poetry, short stories & flash fictions, published online and in print anthologies and in 2015 she co-edited the National Flash Fiction Day anthology. She brings a wide range of personal experience to her writing, alongside a passion for lifelong learning and was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing by MMUC in 2016. Her pamphlet Spools of Thread won the inaugural Mother’s Milk Pamphlet Prize and was published in February 2018.
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