Featured Writer: Collaborating in Memory – Andy N

Silently scribbled all over

My father’s faded notebook

His presence is felt

Before I even lift it up

Touched with his fingerprints

Stained in fountain ink

Slightly faded over time

And his doctors

Spiral signature

All over the front cover

Feeling out its weight

And the colour

Of the paper

Which I would have dismissed

As too forceful.

 

The line lengths

Of the pages

Which restrict

The size of my words

To almost miniature.

The emotions

Dusted down across time

Left on the back

Of a shelf

For who knows how long.

Half faded

Across the weight

Of nerves

Crippled across

Decades and decades

Bullied through

Similar fears

Composed in slight sketches

Hospital appointments

Medicine lists

Fastened together

In a imaginary

Steel cage

Collaborating in memory

Over the same story

Just decades earlier

With slightly

Different tablets.

© Andy N


10906509_619985398128871_792307178793879816_n About the Author

Andy N is a 44 Year old writer from Manchester, UK.
He has published two full length collections ‘Return to Kemptown
(2010)’ and ‘The End of Summer’ (2015) with a third ‘From
the Diabetic Ward’ (2017) forthcoming.

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