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PRAYER – Poetry, by Kathleen Jamie


prayer1.1Our baby’s heart, on the sixteen-week scan, was a fluttering bird, held in cupped hands. I thought of St Kevin, hands opened in prayer, and a bird of the hedgerow nesting there, and how he’d borne it, until the young had flown, and I prayed: this new heart must outlive my own.

(Kathleen Jamie)



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