for Edward Allington 


a moment to cherish 
a laugh to remember 
not for the public 
for the birds in my view 
for mine was a journey 
lit kindly by you 

for careful attention 
for gentle reminders 
a critical eye and emotional glue 
for pauses and yes’s and no’s and the ‘hmm!’ 
performative presence
a challenge or two 

forgive me, forgetting the details 
yet your voice rings so true 
in moments of sadness 
in moments of joy 
my only regret is 
I never really, truly said ‘thank you’ 


22 May 2018