Gerry Stewart – “Obscured”


The sunlight flits with my son
around his physio’s studio,
around me,
around the plant pot.
Paints shadow on shadow,
sprigs of heather
over my wool-encased
straight legs.

My son’s hand kinks
into a shadow puppet,
fingers too tight to make it speak.
He laughs off care
as they dance.

Our years of visits knotted
into the wood door,
slipping beneath paint.
We hear ourselves
in the sound of koputa
and the unheard doorbell.

Return across the tarmac,
winter stretches its long, long wish
over our silhouettes,
bumping together
as his legs betray his tiredness.

Our stories layered
light and snow, cold and dark,
the familiar muscle pull
of walking over ice,
adapting or not.

koputa = Finnish for ‘knock’.

Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Totems is to be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2022. Her writing blog can be found at and @grimalkingerry on Twitter.

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