Fae the first chin grab, Blood blue eyes shining strip lights Tripping medical wires glistening It was forever you and me He was embarrassed, see Embarressed tae be Da, Dad, Daddy Was young and daft White lines tae damp flats Pulling him back. Trapped. The grass was greener for restless he While we knuckled under In they wee days Forever you and me Duvet curled I gazed at crumbled thee. Followed aw finger prints Watched you grow wae glee First pincer grip, babble word, crawl Cruising couches stawnin tall I’d bawl it fae the roof tops Proud to be yer Ma, Mum, Mammy By Christmas we became two, no three Endless conveyors of state sponsored meddlers I know what they thought of we Wasters, statistics scoundrels Wanten, attention seeking, hysterical me. But that wisnae tae be Forever you and me we Scribbled oot our own map On the carpet of oor ground floor flat Three bars up We played jigsaws at oor detractors Made forts fae pillows Armadas out of Pound Shoap tractors Jumping through Joab Centre hoops Water aff oor proud backs We brushed off the pryers when asked about Daddy We imagined a feast fae the foodbank and bided oor time So if I ever grapple for thee, Squeeze too tight, Nag about bath times Switch on the light Just tae swatch your eyelashes when you’re sleeping If I still blend yer veg, embarrass ye when yer pals are in. I am only sorry, see, you were reason and this is oor church We made it together you and me Planned the foundation, Built waws and opened doors Tae make a hoose, a hame and family
About this poem
This poem was commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library for Burns Day 2022.