Car Sweetness

Some long journeys back,  

Mum would lay her hand  

over Dad’s on the gearstick, 

their wedding rings glinting  

like mouths not used to smiling.  


from My Darling from the Lions (Picador, 2020/ Tin House, 2021), © Rachel Long 2020, used by permission of the author and the publishers

Rachel Long is the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, a ‘fiercely community-minded’ collective formed in direct ...

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