”My Mother’s Horse Shoe Ring” by Katherine Gallagher

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My Mother’s Horse-shoe Ring

  (after Grace Nichols)

Sometimes when I see it

on my index finger 

I am reassured,

 

rub its ruby stone, her gift.

I need this small reminder

of her, its lucky charm

 

that catches me

like an itinerant fire

chipped from the sun.

 

©Katherine Gallagher

Published in Acres of Light  Arc Publications, 2016)

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