Jackie Kay Poems
- Baby Lazarus When I got home I went out into the ...
- The Mother Poem (Two) I always wanted to give birth Do that ...
- Divorce I did not promise to stay with you till death do us ...
- Gap Year Gap Year (for Mateo) I I remember your Moses ...
- Keeping Orchids The orchids my mother gave me when we first ...
- Fiere If ye went tae the tapmost hill, Fiere Whaur we used ...
- George Square My seventy-seven-year-old father put his ...
Jackie Kay MBE (born 9 November 1961) is a Scottish poet and novelist.
Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted as a baby by a white Scottish couple, Helen and John Kay, and grew up in Bishopbriggs, a suburb of Glasgow, in a 1950s-built housing estate in a small Wimpey house, which her adoptive parents had bought new in 1957. They adopted Kay in 1961 having already adopted Jackie's brother, Maxwell, about two years earlier. Jackie and Maxwell also have siblings who were brought up by their biological parents. Her adoptive father worked for the Communist Party full-time and stood for Member of Parliament, and her adoptive ... more »
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When I got home
I went out into the garden
Liking it when the frost bit
My old brown boots
And dug a hole the size of a baby
And buried the clothes
I'd bought anyway, just in case.
A week later I stood at my window
And saw the ground move
And swell the promise of a crop;
That's when she started crying.
I gave her a service then
Sang Ye Banks And Braes
Planted a bush of roses
Read from the Bible, the book of Job
Cursed myself digging a pit for my baby
Sprinkling ash from the grate.
Late that same night
She came in by the ...