THE FROGMORE POETRY PRIZE 2009

  Chris Hardy
THE FEARFUL MILLINER
 

Lilian Sharpe
married Ernest Thicke.
Don't name a child
until it's one
she said.

Lilian Thicke
made hats for all
who could write a name
on a cheque.

When I was a boy
at school
I wrote my name
in my cap.

When I left
I threw the cap
out of the train
window.

Someone walking
in a lane
might have found it
and said

two words
under their breath
to themselves
and the trees,

much like a mother
whispering to her baby
in the wordless dark,
before dawn
names everything.


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