Don’t fret about the damp patch
under the window; the baby won’t mind.
She’ll not bother her head
about the lagging in the roof-space.
The bare floorboards that bring
the sound of your footsteps
will do her just fine, that crack
in the ceiling will be her first pattern.
She won’t lose any sleep over
the missing loft ladder,
the crazed toilet bowl, the stubborn cold tap,
that creosote spilling through the fence.
Listen. Already she outgrows her prison,
drums her heels against its walls,
turns turtle, butts her head, blinks,
opens and closes her mouth.
Sit down, pick up your guitar
and sing to her.
First published in A Guided Tour of the Ice House (Smith/Doorstop).
See also Carole Bromley’s poems ‘Dads’ and ‘South Bank and Eston Rotary Club, 1951’
Carole Bromley lives in York and has two collections from Smith/Doorstop, the most recent being The Stonegate Devil which won the York Culture Award 2016. Her poem DIY was first published in the collection A Guided Tour of the Ice House. She has a collection of poems for children coming out in June 2017. Website www.carolebromleypoetry.co.uk
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