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Missing Leo Lying awake on a hot, itchy Spanish night,
 the sky light and teasing, I toss and turn
 and hear somewhere in the soundscape
 a noise, quiet, insistent: a baby crying. 
 It is here, in Salamanca, and it is not here.
 The shifting and motion and kerfuffle of a hospital,
 comings and goings.
 It is you, I know. It is home.
 I sit up and listen, then fall back asleep. I can see it, feel it so sharply, 
 as if it happened to me once 
 – but I have never been pregnant.
 The moments waiting, waiting,
 are so real, a gust of wind from another world, yours;
 from another country, ours. 
 Sweet northern England, with its dark nights and stars. 
 Leo would be so clear right now. It is clear, with you.
 The world goes on turning while I’m not there.
 I have to remember that.
 Tomorrow I will hear 
 your baby girl hasn’t arrived yet
 and a loud child lives near me. But I know it was you and her really.

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