Family

Family
Funeral

The Gifts That Last

A time to be grateful for what was,
To say what went unsaid
And hold close those you love

That’s what a funeral is for

She’s already found peace in the
Place reserved for her
Free of every earthly hardship

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Family

Unoccupied

An unmarked emptiness in need of signage.
Where are the big red letter signs Left Home
In the estate agents’ catalogues?
One embrace, one cooked dinner, one pair of apron strings, all to let.
One flown nest, not the same, semi-detached, open for lease.

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Family

To Mom, With Love

It’s not until recently
that I have come to understand
quite how much of a
thankless task
being a parent can be.

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Birthday
Family

Happy Birthday Mum

I used to be able
To smell a birthday from mile
I’d hunt down the love-wrapped gifts
Trying to guess what was in the pile

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Family

What More to Life?

Sometimes I think: “imagine if the world saw me now”
As I skip around the hall,
a tall, blond haired fool,
with my shirt on my head,
and instead of jeers
from my peers, I hear cheers
as my sister and brothers,

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