We’re delighted to have more to share with you from author Sue Stern. For those of you who haven’t read Sue’s work here before, she’s the author of the book, The Child Who Spoke With Her Eyes. In Sue’s own words ‘the story of our beautiful, charismatic daughter, Vanessa, who had cerebral palsy, but who transformed my life.’
This time Sue has kindly shared a series of heart-warming poems that she’s written about her time with her daughter in the late 1960s & 70s.
On The Blue Sun Bed
There we are, sitting together
on the blue sun bed in Grandma’s garden.
You’re wearing my favourite frock
Michele sent from France.
Bluey-turquoise with a soft white trim
at the shoulders and neck,
extending to ribbons I’ve tied loosely.
In your white sunhat, you look like a dairy maid.
You balance a little lopsidedly
in the cradle space between my legs,
one held higher to support your back,
yours dangling over the other.
Your toes splay upwards as heels
touch canvas. Smile with eyes half-closed.
The sun or the camera shutter?
It doesn’t matter, you’re beautiful anyway.