The Body as Seed (and other poems)

Talk Code: 
Louise Younie
Author institutions: 
Queen Mary University London

A seed is planted on the earth 

Dull, brown, of what worth? 

The life within is yet unknown 

What will it be when fully flown?   

Not the hair or curve of breast 

Not eyelashes or scars on the chest 

Not the space where ovaries were 

And neither memory lost in the air   

More than disease or suffering can steal 

More than death would put to ill 

More than yet is seen or known  

What will it be when fully flown?   


This presentation involves a series of cancer poems exploring the embodied and particular  sufferings and hopes of a clinician mother who journeyed through cancer after the birth of her daughter.