The letters are such a blessing. Mary, there
despite my being only able to reply
in past tenses. At best, memory freewheeled
into the brigg with my bicycle twenty years
since. How could the boys remember that?
From Songs to Make & Mend (boxed edition of thirty untitled epigrams, 2008). Listen to Andrew Hirst reading ‘Yi Sha visits me…’ from Songs to Make & Mend: