Poem: Donor by Kathryn Alderman



In tribute to Martin Burton 1987-2003

She held her hand to the chest
of someone else’s son,
felt her own son’s heart riff the sternum
like a drum in a box.

She remembered him in ICU
I had him coming home
two mothers pleading for a miracle
rationed to just one boy.

But something good came out,
instead of an oak
she planted his heart, kept alive
another boy’s dreams –

the one who took her hand
and held it on his chest.

Kathryn Alderman wrote this in tribute to the inspirational families and NHS staff in The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away (BBC Radio 4, 2016). She was an actor before starting her own family. She won Cannon Poets’ Sonnet or Not (2012) and online and print publication includes: Amaryllis, Atrium, The Cannon’s Mouth, Eye Flash Poetry Journal, I Am Not a Silent Poet. She Co-Chairs Gloucestershire Writers’ Network.

Gloucestershire Writers’ Network www.gloswriters.org.uk

Our JustGiving page is open for donations to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund – no amount is too small if you feel moved to support.

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