IMAGE

(for Peggy, my mother)

you are beautiful
then
as I see you
fifteen years
before I was born

and believe me
I see a true likeness

young
alone
light of form
quick of soul
dark
alert
shy-bold
wary and fearless
stepping westwards
brisk and thoughtful
the paths of life

and very beautiful
then as now

a lot
gets talked
about beauty

how it is
the beauty of the soul
that counts

well, in one way, perhaps
but not in another ....

you are lovely still

in both ways
and in all ways

and I love you
still

26th May 1990

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