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For my mother
Margaret Howse
1925-2004

Freesias By Her Bed

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse14 May 2017

Her life collapsed
To a last exquisite
Expansion of lungs

Drawing in a scent:
It led her through
The garden paths

Of youth and love
She would never
Tread again.

I might perhaps
Have dreamt her
Flower-perfumed sigh.