celebrating and creating our own LGBTQ+ history in honour of Sheila McWattie

day one

Ruby Macaque


You came all the way from America

to the wild west of Wales in winter

reckless you braved our snow line,

got lost on the dinosaur boned Cambrians

to take an outdoor bath with me.


will we ever forget

any of those implausibly large flakes

melting in the menopausal heat

of our flaming faces

as we boil ourselves

into sister soup,

laughing so loud.


other women bring us tea

4 hours in minus 7 degrees,

snow covering the grey in our hair

with something debonair

the furnace of this friendship

roars so many times

that we must undip

rush naked across a white lawn

to turn on the cold tap.


still babbling like brooks about

old lady camouflage and

flying beneath the radar of despair,

curating recipes for world rescue

of hopes and kids and dreams

of every happy end

that started sharing a bath

with a favourite friend.





Jane Campbell aged 55 based in rural West Wales UK


Comments on: "day one" (8)

  1. I never tire of Jane’s writing and she’s given us another gem to open Febulous February 2020, thank you!x

  2. Laura Carr said:

    Captures the essence of the moment perfectly. Had me right there as the quiet, minds eye observer. Lovely.

  3. Chrissie Snell said:


  4. Jenny King said:

    I really like this. I love the descriptive words chosen to convey the imagery here.

  5. Meg Merrilees said:

    Fantastic poem Maj. xxx

  6. so evocative – ‘sister soup’ made me laugh out loud and in recognition of my own times in such ‘soup’ 🙂 lovely.

  7. Karen Finley said:

    love the language, very evocative. reminds me of a bath I once had also in wales (probably the same bathtub…!)

  8. I love it: beautiful, evocative, sad, longing/be-longing; past, present, futures. I read it and then re-read it. Then I read it again.

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