Thursday, 16 March 2017

A luxury

'Fresh Air and Poverty' quilt at National Trust's Lyme Park. Photo Garry Lomas.

mum & dad, their luxury was each other
quarry, breaking stone 17 years

me, spent 40 years farming, 20 driving trucks
that was my earthly career
my bed to lie in.

My mother made many beds
a woman before her time
"Living over the brush," the old ladies said.

Dad stood on a box in the hiring fair
slept above the hayloft for a year &
his sister died giving birth =

the doctor said, "You didn't pay
last time so I'm not coming."

Strife is a relationship
with others, in wartime
a luxury is to lie there & see a blaze.

Farming Life Centre


From the arthur+martha project Stitching the Wars. A Two year collaboration with older people in Derbyshire, producing two embroidered quilts, a book, interviews and a series of poems. 
More poems found here. A short documentary film about the project found here.

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