Karen Dennison

Poet and artist


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Two poems from Still Born

HandsStill Born is a collaboration between Valerie Morton and me where we responded to each other’s poems. Here are the first two poems – the one Valerie gave to me and my response. For each pamphlet we sell, £5 will go to Sands, the childbirth and netonatal death charity and can be purchased at Still Born by Valerie Morton and Karen Dennison

For a Short Time by Valerie Morton

We might have held hands, danced
around each other, toes touching
in the liquid ballroom of a womb.

Thirty years too late I learn of you –
that I needn’t have feared
my shadow or frowned when mother

looked past me at something I couldn’t see
but felt I should.
I’ve sensed your presence many times –

now I know you are the song
on my pillow, the sudden
streak of light that warms my cheek,

the hand I often feel in mine –
and I wonder would you
have chewed your nails the way I do?

 

Still Born by Karen Dennison

I never got to breathe
even though I was born into air.
My pulse was quiet but you heard,
listened for it in liquid darkness.

The beat of yours lulled me to sleep,
woke me from dreaming.
When I opened my eyes I found you
crying in the shadows, suspended:

so close I never saw you whole.
I touched your face, reached
for your hand, knew we were the same
except for the puzzle of my heart,
its missing piece.


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Still Born poetry pamphlet

Valerie Morton and I have collaborated on a pamphlet and we are very happy to announce its publication. All profits from this pamphlet’s sale will go to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

For more info and how to buy see Still Born by Valerie Morton and Karen Dennison.

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