Tony Harrison

(1937 - / Leeds / England)

Tony Harrison Poems

1. Turns 10/15/2005
2. National Trust 10/15/2005
3. Heredity 1/13/2003
4. Long Distance I 10/15/2005
5. Marked With D. 10/15/2005
6. Long Distance Ii 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Tony Harrison

Long Distance Ii

Though my mother was already two years dead
Dad kept her slippers warming by the gas,
put hot water bottles her side of the bed
and still went to renew her transport pass.

You couldn't just drop in. You had to phone.
He'd put you off an hour to give him time
to clear away her things and look alone
as though his still raw love were such a crime.

He couldn't risk my blight of disbelief
though sure that very soon he'd hear her key
scrape in the rusted lock and end his grief.
He knew she'd just popped out to get the tea.

I believe life ends with ...

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