Before I left her
for another life
with parents and sisters,
pop music and Radio Luxembourg,
she gave me
‘Listen with Mother’ stories
and old songs from the music hall.
When I returned, feeling unwanted,
she ironed while I twiddled the dial,
found midday comedies and quizzes,
and afternoon plays
for when it rained.
I still listen while I iron,
smoothing out life’s creases.
Kim M. Russell, 25th November 2020
Rommy is back this Wednesday with a tricky prompt. She wants us to think about the things we learned to love because we loved someone else. We can approach this prompt from our actual experiences or write from the perspective of a fictional character.