All pieces previously published, though rights remain with the author.
Bio: Stephen Kingsnorth, retired to Wales, UK, from ministry in the Methodist Church due to Parkinson’s Disease, has had pieces published by on-line poetry sites, printed journals and anthologies.
His blog is at https://poetrykingsnorth.wordpress.com/
Lengths for Width
It lies beneath her surface sheen, the real disturbance of disease, dementia spread, synapse collapse, while outwardly she knows the rules - the courtesies to strangers shown, as even dares to hold her hand, mutters sweet nothings to her lobe. He daily comes from swimming baths, stiff exercise for sinew strength, some lengths of pool as butterfly, prior to residence - not home - the space where breast-stroke tackles width, that gap between her mind and his; from highest board, diving for love, through water for the flower God, his Lily, surface tension float. Tomorrow it will seem the same, unless more fumbles…
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