Tuesday Poem: ‘Inheritance’ by Tim Jones

Thread the needle.
Through you,
pinnacle, pedestal,
surge those who went before.

the dust of generations.
Carve initials
into the ever tree.

Darn the threadbare
patterning. Tie off,
cast off. A signature,
a lifetime in four letters.


Tim Jones, of the Tuesday Poem collective, writes novels, short stories and poetry. He was awarded the New Zealand Society of Authors Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. His latest book is the poetry collection Men Briefly Explained. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook too. And, in anticipation of flash fiction week next week in the Tuesday Poem series, you can read some of Tim’s recent flash here.
‘Inheritance’ is in Tim’s poetry book Men Briefly Explained and is one of my favourites in this collection.


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2 Responses to Tuesday Poem: ‘Inheritance’ by Tim Jones

  1. Wonderful piece. Nothing wasted.

  2. AndrewN says:

    Am not sure I ‘grok’ “surge those who went before” …

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