Polly Walshe

To my father, solicitor to the landed gentry

If you were still alive You would be ninety-six tomorrow. I think of you most days. Just now, for example, I heard you Defending the word ‘folk’ When, sometime in the Eighties, I said it was twee. Another day, I see you doing the weeding At my sister’s wedding And another day still You’re at church Hunched over a book With your fingers in your ears During the sermon.

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