Elaine Gaston says:
'...when I start to write a poem quite often I write down what happened, what I felt about it and I write a whole list of different visual images, I think visual images are really important in a poem.'
He cannot bend to tie his shoe.
found them in floods or snowdrifts
he held mothers' hands in ambulances
At home he bathed us on a Saturday night
His back, a solid Irish oak,
He cannot bend to lace his shoe
Elaine Gaston was born in 1960 and raised in the townland of Carrowreagh, County Antrim where her father was a doctor. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals, including HU (Honest Ulsterman), Peterloo Poets 6, Poetry Ireland Review, Verse and Word of Mouth. She currently lives and works in Belfast. The Gaston poem in this selection is Seasoned.
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