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Michael Laskey

Meeting our Father

Meeting our Father

Almost unbearable having to wait
and wait in the terminal building
checking all-comers. A year it had been -
his job, mum said - but we knew him at once -
his features varnished - and raced to be first
at his side and allowed to uncover the budgie:
a fearful clatter of wings. Lupin.
Not used to us yet. And though we began
teaching him carols on the way home,
his cage balanced on our bare knees,
we soon went quiet, seeing how silly
our hopes had been. And he never spoke,
though he'd settle on my head while I did my prep
and lived with us years after Dad had left.

From Thinking of Happiness, 1991



23—28 September 2013
Totleigh Barton
Arvon Course with Helena Nelson Rekindling the Passion
9 November 2013
Mass Workshop with Jeni Smith at the twenty-fifth Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
11—15 November
Poetry Trust Advanced Seminar for the Aldeburgh Eight with Peter Sansom


The Poetry Trust
The Aldeburgh Festival