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I wrote a poem "The School Trip", on the eve of my daughter going away on school camp full of maternal anxiety and protectiveness at separation. Bas Kooman (Heb Ik Jou Daar), who I have recently had the pleasure to "meet" on Soundcloud, wrote this beautiful setting for the poem. He let me add some second vocals and a touch of accordion and concertina. Thank you Bas for this beautiful song! You really captured the words beautifully and I have really enjoyed doing this with you. Do go and listen to his cloud. The poem is below:
The School Trip
The tears that loomed
All day, have finally spilled.
And over a lost page -
A checklist of what she will need
As she goes away.
Who is more anxious
At separation? I am the one sitting up after midnight
Checking labels on luggage
And praying over folded clothes
That she will be ok.
Slipping notes into the wash bag.
Pondering which shoes
To squeeze into the case.
The trigger for the spill
Something quite different though:
The fear of another looming separation
Possibly to be made in defence of the vulnerable.
That part in me, that part in her.
The realisation that this life
Just gets more and more complicated.
And the tangle of relationship
Can pull you up mountains
And rip you from the trees.
That loving another
Can bring you back down to your knees
To that bleakest place -
Of feeling 8 years old
And just wanting to find home again.