Orbiting the Moon.
Mother stood gazing out of the window
As I walked along the gravel garden path.
She looked through me as if I was hollow.
But I smiled and waved, I saw her laugh.
We sat on the veranda having tea with scones.
She asked where I had been all these years,
Were you lost in space searching for stones?
I can’t remember, she said and wiped her tears.
I passed her the album, pictures of our family.
My children as babies then going on to school.
Who are these people? I can’t see them clearly,
Ah yes, she said, your father; the stubborn fool.
We walked to the park and sat by the lake.
She told me she was proud of her beloved son,
The first Scots astronaut who promised to take
Her sightseeing past Mars and to orbit the moon.
Is it time to go? she said and held my hand.
I pulled up the blanket to fend off the chill.
How long will it take and where shall we land?
She rested on my shoulder and slipped away,
So peacefully, silent.
As the sun was sinking behind the hill.