Loitering in Exmouth by Janet Hatherley



Loitering in Exmouth


Here’s Mum,

a lightweight in a folding wheelchair,


no longer able, with her love of words,

to hold a thought for long,


a fork for carrot cake

or write poetry—


and me, pointing out a big tree,

how old it must be.


She saying, with her love

of the surreal, a bigger tree is obligatory.




Janet Hatherley is a special needs teacher from London.She has had poems published in several magazines including The Interpreter’s House, Under the Radar, Stand, Coast to coast to coast, The Poetry Village, Brittle Star. Commended in Indigo Dreams Collection Competition, 2019, she was shortlisted in Coast to Coast to Coast’s portfolio competition, 2020.