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Gift aid

Gift aid

Take this warm blanket.
It was fun to make from odd balls of wool.
I unravelled some old jumpers,
washed the yarn to get the wrinkles out.
I looped the wool, pulled it through.
See, it's three, space, three,
two at each corner makes a square,
then sew them all together.

I made it for that winter when snow
turned to ice.  We were just married,
in our first house, damp and cold,
no central heating then.
The drifts were high in country lanes,
no-one could get about.
Like this winter now.

It is large enough to fit a double bed
but a single duvet is all I need.
It will keep you warm these bitter nights
when frost encrusts the streets,
so take this, please.

Wendy Goulstone

Wendy Goulstone

Wendy Goulstone

About this poem

Gift aid is one of the runners-up in the 2018 Poetry on Loan poetry competition. Poets were asked to submit poems up to 20 lines in length on the theme Take this...

Wendy Goulstone writes mainly poems and short plays and has had several poems published in literary magazines.  At Rugby Theatre she organises Open Mic evenings for poets, musicians, singers and writers of all description.