fully grey

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Alison MacPhail (15 July 1975 – 16 October 2003) wrote these words shortly before her 28th birthday and a few months before she died. 

FULLYGREY 9

Alison MacPhail

I’d like to see my eyes
Wrinkled on either side
To wake up every morning
Aching bone yawning

To hold my butt and feel
It sagging gently down.
To see my brow marked
By many, many frowns

To watch the skin upon my neck
Go loose and stretchy, go to heck
To see my hair go fully grey
This is my wish every day.

For every wrinkle, every frown
Is another sun we see go down.
Every stretch and mark and scar
Is proof of how alive we are.

I hope to make it to that day
When my body is marked in every way
For then I know I would have lived
As many full years as God will give.

To watch the skin upon my neck
Go loose and stretchy, go to heck
To see my hair go fully grey
This is my wish every day.


Lead vocal : Gemma Paton.

Gemma Paton 2B

Gemma Paton