Written by Tamiko Dooley
She peeks in the window.
He’s busy; surrounded by colourful bricks.
Inside it’s warm, and the fire keeps out the
Cold January frost.
He spots her and beams –
And rushes to the pane.
He knows by now he can’t dash to the door.
Two hands meet on the glass –
Hers: shrivelled, wrinkly and well-worn
The hand that fed, clothed and bathed me;
His: chubby and pen-stained, still
Alternately clinging to my legs and pounding the floor in frustration.
For a moment the world stops,
And these two souls, two sides of me
She tells him silently
How much she misses him,
And he does the same.
The icy glass begins to warm under their palms
Until it’s time for her to leave,
To stay safe,
To stay apart.
Long after she’s gone,
The handprint remains there,
As warm and comforting as the promise of Spring
And brighter times to come.
Tamiko is a half-Japanese mother of two, born and brought up in England. She speaks several languages. When there’s no pandemic, she’s hired as a wedding pianist from time to time.