“Cariad” by Kerry Hammerton

I want to lean over
now and quietly close your eyes

hush

he is close by

I want to tip you up
out of that wheelbarrow
arrange your arms
your legs into straight lines

if I was there cariad
I would cover you with a shroud
whisper a prayer

lift you high onto a scaffold
let the birds and the wind and the rain
feed on you

hush now

I hear him

the hard edge
of his shovel dragging
along the ground


Kerry Hammerton has published poetry in various South African and UK literary journals and anthologies, most recently Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe Books 2015). She has two collections,  These are the lies I told you, (Modjaji 2010) and The Weather Report (2014). Kerry has an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the University currently known as Rhodes.

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