poemof the moment
as if in one brief flash I’d seen a single track – yours forward, mine back.
about the poem
Ageing is not something that suddenly happens when we find the first grey hair – we’re ageing as we grow and one person’s panic may fall at 25 (as in this poem), while another sails serenely on until 50 or 60 and then suddenly feels the cold breath of time on their necks. Luminate, the ‘creative ageing’ festival that’s on in Scotland at present, reminds us that it’s never too late to do something new, from joining a choir to writing a poem.
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I sympathise with the protective impulse here, and have seen the light that shows the daughter’s long future – as one devoutly hopes – and the mother’s long past. But I didn’t quite see it like this until I read the poem, which is the mixed pleasure of reading poetry: sometimes it tells you things you’d rather not see so clearly!
Diana Hendry is a poet, short story writer and the author of many children’s books. The Seed-box Lantern: New & Selected Poems was published by Mariscat in 2013. She lives in Edinburgh.