I was warned
But took no precautions
And now I am my father
Having shrunk to fit,
At long last,
His shaven image
Presented in every
Impossibly shaped mirror
And yellowing photograph
In this house.
It’s not a comfortable fit,
A little baggy around
The waist and chin,
The attitude not quite right,
The silences too long;
But, close enough
To frighten the children.
I look across at my son
Shaping up in the next mirror,
“What next ?” he mouths.

Graham Hennin

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