The Friday Poem on 17/06/22
We chose ‘Eventually’ by Michael Laskey to be our Friday Poem this week because it is both deeply moving and tightly crafted. Its subject matter is raw and painful, but Laskey handles it with compassion and delicacy. It’s hard to make poetry look this easy, but Laskey’s lightness of touch carries it. Respect.
yes, she gave up conversation.
She’d lift her chin and finger
her neck, feeling for the stoma —
her trial and almost always error —
to seal it tightly enough to speak
intelligibly in that growling
voice which sounded like no one
she knew. It must have put her off,
the effort and all that expectant
concentration we turned on her
slightest remark. So much unspoken.
Forget it, she’d mouth and wave us on,
listening at first, then drifting off
into this — for me too suddenly
urgent — taciturnity.