The May WDTL is about to be folded and placed on the station. It includes poetry by Stephen Beattie and Mary McQueen, as well as prose by Petra McQueen. The beautiful illustrations in the leaflet are drawn by Charmaine McKissock. In addition to our new leaflet, we have a poem by Alex Toms on Platform One.
I see you for the first time
at the hospital today. The sonographer
smears gel on my stomach
and rolls the probe over it.
Your image swims on the screen,
hazy as fog above a mapless ocean.
Moored to me by a silver thread, you seem
insubstantial as a ghost ship – the merest gust
and you’d resolve yourself
into a fish, a sea monster
or nothing at all.
Yet you drift, oblivious
to me and my fears,
your spine thick as a barnacled keel.
A coming and going of whiteness
indicates your heartbeat –
a winking beacon.
If I could, I’d send you
three bright stars to light
your nine-month night, guide you safely
to the harbour of my arms.