Rachel Spence is an international contributor who grew up on the Gower Coast, in south Wales. Now based between Ludlow, London and Venice, she has published one collection Bird of Sorrow (Templar) and two pamphlets Furies (Templar) and Call and Response (Emma Press, 2020). Poems have also appeared in The London Magazine, PN Review and the Forward Anthology 2019.
This poem is a kind of ode to the quiet pleasures of an older father and mother. Those small pleasures are things we learned to embrace during the last year of pandemic.
You can also read the poem in an accessible MS Word document here: 8.13am, 18 March 2021, Ludlow.