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FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW: PART TWO.

Following on from yesterday’s Easter update, here is the second selection of poems from the latest MA deadlines for your reading pleasure… 

I hope you enjoy them! x
 
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Part Two: Footprints in the Snow

 
1. Reflection
 
Your hair free-falls
d
o
w
n
and spreads right – a c r o s s – your face
in this place
where we are but fair.
– – – – – – – – The lines mark the tiredness behind your broken blue eyes;
the scars mark the aching of your breaking black heart; and
I can only tread
the
      egg
shells,
        and
watch,      as
                         you
crack
in front of me,
where we are, to mirror but mine.
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2. Cave-Woman
 
I am the ways to worry.
You are the cave-man art that throws a flood of light.
I am wishing that I had freedom.
You are wishing for the richness and variety of these works of art.
I am thinking about the washing up.
You are thinking they were conceived as splendid and powerful creatures.
I am suggesting that we need to pick up milk.
You think the challenge must not be too severe.
I am thinking about the organisation of my life.
You say the beginnings of civilisation were retarded.
I am tired from too much madness.
You regard it exclusive possession of a secret, spiritual knowledge –
revealed directly by God.
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You are the cave-man art that throws a flood of light.
I am still thinking about the washing up.
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3. Footprints in the Snow
 
She tooks the bags from the back of the car
and laced the hallway with them.
Her boots, they made a rubbery sound
as she trampled through the kitchen.
Light bulbs? Check.
Cheese, milk, and
bread, and
chicken dippers for the kids.
This mum knew how to hold back her tears,
as she lifted the lid from the washing basket –
full of dirty linen.
The footprints left behind in the snow, outside;
a secret of his she didn’t want to hold. But,
she took the bags from the back of the car
and laced the hallway with them.
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TOMORROW: Rod Duncan’s Backlash!
 
Thank you for reading.
(C) The Student Wordsmith 2013,
Sophie-Louise Hyde.