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    Holt's Field, Liverpool, 1950

    My father is holding bonnie blond me at arm's length
    on his bony knee; the trees of Sudley burgeon beyond
    the shine of his Brilliantined hair; behind me,
    the tower of Mossley Hill church looms; I look
    at the lens puzzled or crying. I reach out
    to my mother, who holds the box camera; the grass
    needs a mow. My father's iron grip holds my wrist.

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    Not a great reproduction of the B&W picture, my digital copying skills lacking, but you can see this photograph at http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne...7106004&size=l

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    Here's a revision of the same poem:

    Holt's Field, Liverpool, 1950

    Daddy balances bonnie blond me at arm's length
    on his bony knee; uphill, the trees of Sudley burgeon

    beyond the shine of his Brilliantined hair; he's an ex-
    sailor, a demobbed RAF physio. Behind my blurred

    face looms the tower of Mossley Hill church.
    Confused and crying, I reach out

    to Mummy, who points the box camera; the grass
    needs a mow. My father's iron grip holds my wrist.

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    I prefer the first version.

    'Daddy' and 'Mummy' don't scan for me, just a touch too much of the syrup spoon.

    For me these terms detract from the ambivalence of our first relationships. Arm's length, confused and crying, iron grip.

    Too much info about 'daddy' in the second? (Ideal, however, for family and friends who may need to know that he was a physiotherapist). Like the shine of his Brilliantined hair in both.

    Smell?

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