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Poem of the week: Ivy Leaves by Patricia McCarthy

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Nature poetry reveals a much darker world than usual in a child’s guileless impressions of her abuser

Ivy Leaves

His hands were shaped into ivy leaves
that climbed up the tree, camouflage
for its inner rings, tickling the light.
Horse chestnut buds had given them
a stickiness which the rains could not
wash off. Touch them, he said.

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