Jane Ayres

Poems by Jane Ayres

I Write Her

these shiny gifts

we always tell stories
things that shine
– allure –
a lure for
those who
let daydreams be poems
& poems daydreams


you were
lilac and yellow freesias
warm sugared milk
maternal love

estuary whispers

there are years of wasps
& years of
but most of the time
life stings

unleashing shadows

the consultant said a shadow was showing on the scan
try not to worry
we tried
but once the words were out
veiled darkness began seeping
growing greedy
birthing shadow spawn & we knew
from now on
there would always be shadows

a moment

sitting with grief that twists   
I pause   
             - a sip of strong coffee   
             - a bite of whisky-infused chocolate    
             (redundant birthday gift)    
you are still here   
& I am    


New life

We can keep trying, he says. We won’t…

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