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U3A Writing: The Well: 2 Mother

Paddy Webb continues her account in verse of the life of her great grandfather John Charles Ayling, the first of three generations of elder sons of that name.

This story, set between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Centuries, is based on the recollections of Paddy’s grandmother.

Today’s episode expresses the anguish of a mother whose son has suddenly left home. Further episodes will appear on forthcoming Sundays.

How do you cope
When so much of your life
Walks out of the door?
What do you do
With the ache in you heart?
How do you rub the pain,
Warm the cold chill?
My eyes ache with watching.
My ears strain
For the click of the gate.
I cannot go.
1 cannot stay.
I long for food.
I cannot eat.
I want to be held.
I refuse to be touched.
I curl
In the hollow of his bed,
Breathe in his scent.
Oh Jack, my Jack, my little Jack, Come home.


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