From Solitude

A mother to her daughter
Gazing out over the water:
‘Back up you come, honey.’

I would not be without
The love that puts paid to doubt
For lust nor money.

My sense of you is thorough
As church bells rouse Hillsborough
And the children play –

Like the sudden certitude
That saved us from solitude
It seems only yesterday.

David Cameron is a Scottish poet, living in Ireland. In 2014 he received the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. His poems are collected in The Bright Tethers: Poems 1988-2016 (Rune Press). His published work also includes three books of fiction and the critical study, Samuel Beckett: The Middle and Later Years.

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