One Saturday morning

A poem By: 
Theme: People

i.m. David Campbell (1943–2009)

About the artist

Helen Garrett’s paintings explore the eternal themes of love, fate and transience. ‘It is the mystery of life that inspires me as a painter.’ Find out more

En route around a familiar sunny bend
one Saturday in February,
my hand upon the wheel.

Your breath, at first unrecognised,
came softly
light as a feather brushing across my neck.

So gently
creating what was once such a familiar feeling.
Making me realise just how unfamiliar you had become.

So happy
to feel you coursing through my veins

So unexpectedly.
You arrived when I wasn’t looking
and took me by surprise.

And now so content
I hardly dare name you.
Just in case you slip away too soon.