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Mothering by Sophia Argyris


Take these hands for instance,

asbestos fingers she used to say

when we watched, awed, as she plucked

boiled eggs straight from the pan.

Take these hands, and how delicately

they move to select berries from the punnet,

how elegantly they add emphasis

to her stories, free in the joy of telling.

Take these hands and all the love

they have offered by putting meals

on our table, sustenance as a form

of benediction for our days.

Take these hands, all they've written down,

how they tucked photos into albums

preserving our memories like jam,

the glue that holds us all together.

Sophia Argyris

Sophia Argyris is a poet and yoga teacher, born in Belgium she spent her late childhood and teenage years in the North of Scotland, and currently lives in Oxfordshire. Her work has been published in various places, including Magma, Under the Radar, The Agenda Broadsheet, Structo, Sarasvati, and Prole. She had a short collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2014. She is inspired by travel and the natural world.


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