Links in the Bracelet: for Mum
The surname has changed,
But the name you gave me
And the day I was given to you
Remain the same.
This flimsy band on my wrist
So much larger than that first one,
The years so many in-between.
Is a link between us, marking
A memory of that moment when
I moved outside you to enter your life.
And the name
With the same initial letter that we share
Makes yet another link.
And so I carry on this spool,
I added a link and looked down at
Another tiny name band,
One with the same initial letter
As yours and mine.
So the generations stretch on together,
Clasped in these bands of names
And in these bracelets of love
Which move on
Down the years. Royal Marsden Hospital, February 2012