The Thread

The Thread


 


 


Jamie made his landing in the world


so hard he ploughed straight back into the earth.


They caught him by the thread of his one breath


and pulled him up. They don’t know how it held.


And so today I thank what higher will


brought us to here, to you and me and Russ,


the great twin-engined swaying wingspan of us


roaring down the back of Kirrie Hill


 


and your two-year-old lungs somehow out-revving


every engine in the universe.


All that trouble just to turn up dead


was all I thought that long week. Now the thread


is holding all of us: look at our tiny house,


son, the white dot of your mother waving.


 


 


From Landing Light by Don Paterson, published by Faber and Faber, price £12.99.