Monday Poem: Jack Ross’s ‘My Uncle Tommy’



My Uncle Tommy



‘In the end they had to put him

in a home 


Tommy had grown too heavy

for Dad to carry 


Dad worried about it

till he went to visit


tried to hug him

Tommy didn’t know him


was not aware

of where they were


it was my mother

I was sorry for


she thought she was to blame

for having him


my brother shared a room

with him


all night he’d rock

inside his cot


one winter he got sick

and never spoke





could visit us



of Tommy’


©Jack Ross 2018



Jack Ross is the managing editor of Poetry New Zealand, and works as a senior lecturer in creative writing at Massey University. His latest book, The Annotated Tree Worship, was published by Paper Table Novellas in 2017. He blogs here













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