You came in the night put your hands around her cheeks
and yanked her from my nipple or if You didn’t You stole
all the food fed Yourself on the bread I baked
that afternoon grew bigger or if not You hid in the corners
stealing glances of moments You called mistakes warned would ruin
made me shiver or if that wasn’t You You were somewhere all the time
getting closer until in the end I could hear You whisper feel my hair
parting for Your breath and when You came to face us I wouldn’t say
You were black shadow more the sharp winter light stabbing
through the windscreen on an early morning drive sending me
swerving burning my eyes
Amelia Loulli is on the ten-person shortlist for Primers Volume Four. ‘You’ is taken from her shortlisted manuscript, Mother, Mother. We’ll be showcasing the work of all the shortlisted writers over the next week, so check back to read more poems.
Amelia Loulli lives in Cumbria with her three children and an undisclosed, but significantly large, number of books. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2016 & 2017, and last year she was shortlisted for Primers Volume Three.