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This poem is taken from PN Review 63, Volume 15 Number 1, September - October 1988.

Miscarriage Bill Manhire

In the year most of the girls
started wearing bright colours,
my youngest daughter wore grey.
She sat up late, reading the paper,
nursing her terrible temper.

A lot of it slips
my mind now, but one night
her beauty slowly dawned on me;
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