Wednesday 25 May 2011

A Wee Guest Poem: Mairi Campbell-Jack


Tenacious means to hold fast,
to not let go,
to keep your grip - firm.
No matter how you are
rocked and buffeted.

No matter how you are rocked and buffeted,
when you feel your grip
begin to slip, when exhaustion
leaves fingers weak, you will find
you do not fall.

You do not fall becuase
circumstance has crept
and pressed so close
his breath
is in your hair.

His breath is in your hair
because his body holds
you in place - whether
you wish it or not.

Mairi Campbell-Jack is in her 30s and lives in Edinburgh with her daughter, working part-time in Public Relations and Public Affairs. She blogs at tweets at @lumpinthethroat and will have a double pamphlet titled This is a poem/A Violation of Expectation published by Red Squirrel Press.

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