Timer

Timer

Gold survives the fire that's hot enough
to make you ashes in a standard urn
An envelope of coarse official buff
contains your wedding ring which wouldn't burn.

Dad told me I'd to tell them at St James's
that the ring should go in the incinerator.
That 'eternity' inscribed with both their names is
his surety that they'd be together, 'later'.

I signed for the parcelled clothing as the son,
a cardy, apron, pants, bra, dress -

the clerk phoned down: 6-8-8-3-1
Has she still a ring on? (Slight pause) Yes!

It's on my warm palm now, your burnished ring!

I feel your ashes, head, arms, breasts, womb, legs,
sift through its circle slowly, like that thing
you used to let me watch to time the eggs.


Recordings

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison Downloads

1Thomas Campey and the Copernican System

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2The Pocket Wars of Peanuts Joe

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3The Bedbug

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4Guava Libre

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5Prague Spring

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6The Nuptial Torches

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7'Flying down to Rio'

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8Heredity

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9On Not Being Milton

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10Classics Society

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11National Trust

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12Them & [uz]

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13Book Ends

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14Isolation

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15Continuous

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16Marked with D.

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17The Icing Hand

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18Timer

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19Under the Clock

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20Gaps

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21Initial Illumination

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22A Cold Coming

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23Legal Ruling

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24The Cycles of Donji Vakuf

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25Noah's Sacrifice

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26Fig on the Tyne

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27The Krieg Anthology (extracts)

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28Shrapnel

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