LITTLE THINGS (CHILDISH THINGS NEVER PUT AWAY)

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LITTLE THINGS

A jam jar with string around the top,

thirty two sticklebacks and minnows caught,

Swimming in the paddling pool in the park,

In my pants with snow falling all around.

 

The secret pond hidden in a hut,

Brick wall and tin-roof

And a special pool inside

Full of frogs and two hundred years

Beyond Erasmus Darwin’s need.

 

A tin bath used as a boat,

On a faraway pond

Long lost to school playing fields…

On the same pond : frozen,

Skating with my shiny shoes…

And where the willow wept

The ice broke, fickle as fate,

And I’m soaked and shoes sodden…

A spanking awaits… For sure.

Little things

Little oddities.

The strangeness only in their significance,

The place they occupy in my memory,

And the shelf-space they deny

Long forgotten memories…

Which may have more meaning.

Copyright Dale Beck 2018

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