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I walk with my sister 
beneath pines standing 
like veterans in salute, 

as if to congratulate her 
on the bundle she carries
the size of a grapefruit. 

Now the sheen of birch 
bark after a mizzle of rain 
demands to be seen; 

the knotted faces of trolls 
begin to ache from 
trunks. In five months 

even the musk of moist 
honeysuckle and a fluster
of pigeons in the canopy

will take on new meaning, 
and the body of this child
shall be a living psalm. 



Hamilton 10

Naomi Hamilton is a Northern Irish poet who was fortunate enough to become a Foyle Young Poet of the Year, with her poem “The Wilderness” published in The Poetry Society's 2012 anthology Gorgeous Like a Thunderstorm. Recently she has had work published in Red River Review and Diverse Voices Quarterly