Martin TURNER

Rookie (February 9th 1948 / London, Westminster SW1)

Dreaming Of The Dead

From time to time the dead come
for their allotted meeting like prisoners,
jostling, and sit on the bench to wait.
The hands of the carver
recognise each face.

My father is among them.
To him I go first, assuring him
that he is always first for me,
as if he needed
this reassurance.

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