Clare Shepherd


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On The Return Of A Prisoner, Imagining Him To Be My Own Son

This bag of bones
This bag of DNA
Was mine entirely once

This bag of bones
Incarcerated 2000 days
Was mine entirely once

This bag of bones
That held the dimmed spark
Through 2000 days
Was mine entirely once

Who had the gall
To hold this bag of bones
My inheritor, my DNA
For 2000 days?

I saw you before I saw you
And you breathed slowly and painfully

I saw you before I saw you
And your eyes were empty pits
In dark hollows

I saw you before I saw you
And your skin was white and fragile

You looked as tired ...

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