Autumn 2005 Poetry Competition Second Prize

Always I Hear Your Voice

Mary Williams

Email mary@williams99.demon.co.uk



Always I hear your voice

Though you've been gone a good few years.

‘Dirty girl!' as I chuck down an apple core.

‘What will they think of next?' and

‘Do any of your people like fish?'


My people, my tribe, my family

ate the fish you cooked; your people

ate something different, with averted eyes.

I hear you making excuses for them.


Letting go of my own young

My voice will echo in their heads

Thus: Get some sleep, cook proper food for yourself,

If you can't afford it you can't have it, and

Remember we love you.


Different messages.



©2005 Mary Williams


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