Loitering in Exmouth
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.