Carrie Etter

Song a Year After My Mother’s Death
January 28, 2016 Etter Carrie

Song a Year After My Mother’s Death


I allowed a small song
to nestle between my breasts.
It was furtive, a ground squirrel
occasionally checking the wind.

I thought it could not grow
on wine and despair. It didn’t.
On the one sunny day in a rainy month,
it basked.

It took on colour: peacock blue
shimmering like sunlit sea. I feared
it would strut. I watched
it fly forth

afraid of no one, no one
but me.

“The Last Photograph” will appear in Carrie Etter‘s fifth collection, Grief’s Alphabet (Seren Books, 2024). The recipient of grants from Arts Council England and the Society of Authors, Etter has lived in the UK since 2001 and is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Bristol.