To have a child, as you know well, is to have
someone always with you – their shadow,
their echo, their breathing – whatever
has happened, whatever may happen.
To have a daughter is to shape the future.
When we lived in a Victorian third floor
attic flat, that had been the nursery
and the children’s bedrooms, and the trees,
planted when the house was built, touched the panes,
and you were only a few weeks old
fifty years ago now,