Laura McKee

in praise of my son's wings

in praise of my son's wings
acquired at a sick price on eBay
in praise of his self tattooed knuckles
stating nauseous one letter at a time

in praise of some of the neighbours naming his name
in the street and on Christmas cards
in praise of his dead name
though I only say it in my head now

in praise of him being the gentlest angriest one
in praise of him saying the cat needs to know she's loved

in praise of his reaction to me
saying not to leave
hair clippings in his coffee cup
being to shave it suede head

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