Today we went to the beach
Wishes for you Today we went to the beach warm pebbles, a sea of contentment You lost your mum; since before time I’d known her a patient who asked for me, for help to talk, a sick-note, inhalers, love I gave her all of these but it was not enough I wished I could bring her here warm pebbles, a sea of contentment I wished for you childhood happy days sand-castles and cones, sand in your feet a place to play a mother who keeps you close, not looking away I wished I could bring you here with her with me warm pebbles warm pebbles warm Come with me For those of us who live at the shore line, on the edge of the incoming tides of decisions, tasks and anxious days – Come with me into the waters of this still black deep tarn. We will enter slowly step by step feeling the smoothness of the pebbles underfoot. There is a country inside us where There is a country inside us where the tide ebbs and flows and there are no more maps to follow just spaces where gulls hover and swoop over an unknown horizen with gates and stiles, hedgerows and wagged dogs dappled long shadows on paths ahead where there are no city walls and ramparts no anchors nor cut grass verges where there are long dappled shadows and peacocks and the slowest of rain where I will gather you and you and you Bio: Kathleen is a new poet, who is also a medic and exploring poetry as well as the art of medicine. She has had poems published in a journal (Unbound), as well as for academic conferences (SAPC, Flourishing Symposium 2021 QMUL UK). She writes about connections between the spacious natural world and life as a medic.