Longlisted Poem 2013

Phoebe Boswall

Benenden School, Kent

My Daughter’s Mother

Inspired by ‘Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother’ by Xue Xinran

The only photograph I have
of my daughter’s mother
is ripped in the top right corner:
crumpled, faded.

I imagine her in rural China;
bent double in a tea field, a part of her lost.
She has worn skin and yellow teeth
and hums, to pass the hours away.

Her slanted eyes are like my daughter’s,
but mine are round.
© Phoebe Boswall

Project Details

  • Date February 1, 2015
  • Tags 2013 The Details - Longlisted Poems