The Following May

The following May, after the clouds had gone and

the sun’s sticky fingers held your face,

you sat on the porch breathing and watching the morning.

Yellow roses danced before you,

triumphant in the desert garden with

their neon contrast striking amongst the saguaro cactus.

The following May, after the biting grip of winter

against the scalpel’s tip had worn away,

you wondered how you got there

from the stark white hospital to a late spring’s warmth.

One year, the doctors said, thirteen months before,

when the rain steamed on the sand.

The following May, when you opened your eyes, you took in

the landscape. The ache of a year fighting

to heal your brain and dissolve the wool had lessened.

You woke up to feel your seasons changing again,

and sat there, ready to embrace them.

About haringeyunchained

Haringey Unchained is a collective of students aiming to show case the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham, London. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London. We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

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