On Going by Owen Sheers

Charles Cowling

It’s been a slow news day here at the GFG luxury penthouse suite in Thanatology Towers. So here’s a very good poem by Owen Sheers. If you like it, buy the collection. It’s called Skirrid Hill and it’s published by seren.

On Going

i. m. Jean Sheers

There were instruments, as there always are,

To measure, record and monitor,

windows into the soul’s temperature.

But you were disconnected from these.

and lay instead an ancient http://www.health-canada-pharmacy.com child,

fragile on your side,

your breath working at the skin of your cheek

like a blustery wind at a blind.

There was only one measurement

I needed anyway, which you gave,

triggered by the connection of my kiss

against your paper temple

and registered in the flicker of your open eyes,

in their half-second of recorded understanding

before they disengaged and you slipped back

into the sleep of their slow-closing.

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throckmorton
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throckmorton

good poem 10/10 x

Tom Hutton
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Tom Hutton

The subject of the poem is an elderly person who is dying. the dissconnection from the machines is in my opinion not a literal disconnection. Perhaps the Poet is saying, these ‘instruments’ are not you, they do not define you and i won’t remember them as being part of you. the only ‘measurement’ he is interested in is the flicker of an eye, a human reaction. as short as it was, it was enough. they lay ‘as an ancient child’, shows the fragility of life along with the circle of life. we are at our most fragile as an infant… Read more »

Ellie
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Ellie

Jean Sheers was Owen’s grandmother.

Janice
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thanks for this Charles, I have been asked to read this at a ceremony, tricky reading!!

Amber thomas
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Amber thomas

thankyou charles, this was very helpful 🙂

Amber Thomas
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Amber Thomas

Can someone give me a brief explination please?

Amber Thomas
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Amber Thomas

dont really understand the poem…

Claire Callender
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made me cry