Litany by Helen Dunmore (d. 5 June 2017)
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For the length of time it takes a bruise to fade   for the heavy weight on getting out of bed,  
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Litany by Helen Dunmore (d. 5 June 2017)

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For the length of time it takes a bruise to fade  

for the heavy weight on getting out of bed,  

for the hair’s grey, for the skin’s tired grain, 

for the spider naevus and drinker’s nose 

for the vocabulary of palliation and Macmillan 

for friends who know the best funeral readings, 

for the everydayness of pain, for waiting patiently 

to ask the pharmacist about your medication 

for elastic bandages and ulcer dressings,  

for knowing what to say 

when your friend says how much she still misses him,  

for needing a coat although it is warm, 

for the length of time it takes a wound to heal, 

for the strange pity you feel 

when told off by the blank sure faces 

of the young who own and know everything, 

for the bare flesh of the next generation, 

for the word ‘generation’, which used to mean nothing.

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