STARPOems: Flying

For Emily and Tim


All this time

you have been unspooling your lives,


like those summer afternoons

when we watched your small feet


slipping on wet grass,

your hands feeling the pull of the kite


as the red-ribboned lark

soared into the sky –


and you leaned against us

away from the breeze


and we took the strain of the strings,

holding you tight.


All this time

you have been unreeling the bobbin


and we have been letting out the lines,

shaking with joy


as we watch you fly.


Denise Bennett

Originally published in South Bank, 2019.