Most people drown without
a noise or splashing. See me
here Baby, watch me
out plank, below the surface,
all that stillness, all that
how long I can breathe
down here alone. You must
me, I am your mother after all,
don’t think about the firefighter who
to the woman on the phone inside
the burning building, says he’s on his
to save her, then hands her brother
back the phone, tell her you
knowing all his tears
won’t be enough to quiet the
I am your mother after all, I am made
to do this. When the mother harp
its cub, nobody calls it a mistake,
I have been at this much longer than
just let me float here a while, Baby
you will still remember
it will be the same one you wear
every time life cuts in such a way, the serration
_______drags the exact
formation of ripples upon its shape.
Amelia Loulli is on the ten-person shortlist for Primers Volume III. ‘Baby’ is from her shortlisted manuscript Mother, Blood. We’ve been showcasing the work of all the shortlisters writers over the last two weeks. See the shortlist announcement page for links.
Amelia Loulli is a writer who lives with her children in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. Her poetry was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2016 & 2017. She writes when the rest of the house is sleeping, and never goes anywhere without a book.
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