Weta On The Carpet

A weta is similar in size and shape to a cricket,
though the two are unrelated.

It’s not the weta’s determination
to keep moving over the carpet,
though the tabby hunter has left
it a little out of shape.

Nor is it the weta’s struggling hops
to the ranch slider through which
it senses the bushes of its home
where it lived till a moment ago.

It is not even the three year old’s
excited exclamations while watching
the weta’s struggles to get away
from the tabby hunter.

This courageous creature
must inspire us as it
battles its handicaps
to escape its giant prison,
to return to its own world
where its kind have survived
for thousands of years.

Previously posted July 2016

Weta On The Carpet

Races Around The Field

On sports day
the five and six year olds
run their own long distance
races around the school
playing field.

On their last lap
teachers and parents
stand by the finish line
with clipboards and stopwatches.
The six year olds’ teacher
is so proud of their running times
called out by parent helpers
as her charges hurtle puffing,
red faced, across the finish line.

After filling spaces beside
names on her chart she still
has two blank spaces.
She scans the field and sees
two little figures in the shade
of tall trees, sends an older child
to urge them to finish their race.

The daisies there were very big,
good for daisy chains they
explain to their teacher.
Someone else would pick
them if they did not.

They are puzzled when their teacher
says they should have waited
until after the sports.
She liked their daisy chains yesterday,
– but not today.

Previously posted July 2016

Races Around The Field

Letters To The Fairies

To the fairies who live in the trees and bushes along the fence by the living room.

Dear Fairies

Last week you did not answer my letter until two nights later !  So I will just tell you again that your letterbox is behind the chair in the corner o the living room near the ranch slider. I made it out of lego and you can see it easily.
I have started school now and I like writing letters. Claire wants to write letters too but she is not at school yet. Mummy writes her letters for her. I copy my letters after Mummy writes what I want to say.
Today after school I found some fairies bu Mummy says they are clematis seeds blowing in the wind. I still think they look like fairies.
I have put one in your letterbox. Please would you turn it into a real fairy ? And make it not afraid of me ?
I know which is your special  tree. our black and white cat fell out of it when he was a kitten. He is much better at climbing now.
Please answer my letter soon.

Love from

Chloe

____________________________________

Dear Fairies

Happy birthday.

Love from

Claire.

I am Chloe’s sister.

Previously posted July 2016

Letters To The Fairies

Sunday Morning

On Sunday morning the first
awareness of the day drifts
through the sleeper’s mind as
she turns on to her side. Very
faint light shows through the
heavy curtains as she opens
her eyes slightly – too much –
she closes them again.
Luxuriating in the comfortable
warmth she sinks down into
restful blissful unconsciousness.
Blessed silence continues.

Bare feet pound into the room
in three year old consternation.
Shocked tones announce
“The moon has gone away !”
– The stars have gone away !
– The sun is shining !  And
no one is getting up !”

The sleeper is jolted awake.
a vast heap beside her groans,
stirs, a gravelly voice rumbles
that all is fine the three year
old should go back to bed.

Little bare feet trail slowly away.
She hasn’t woken her sister, that
is hard to do. Which leaves her
looking at picture books
with Alfred Bear in bed.

Sunday Morning

Goodbye Ephraim

The old grey cat spent his days
drowsing tranquilly on the bed
of  the first child, who was gentle
with him from the day he was first
put on her lap and her little hand
stroked him from head to tail.
The second child patted him hard,
rubbed his fur roughly.
Ephraim would slink outside.
He would sit with the woman
in the garden as she
weeded, planed, pruned.

One day sharp pains invaded his gut,
the vet said they could only ease them.
Ephraim went to sunbathe on the roof
but could not climb back down.
His cries of pain brought the
woman up the ladder to his rescue.
Now he stayed on the first child’s
bed, only sometimes going outside.

Early one Sunday, opening one eye,
he saw no readying for work
or kindergarten that day.
He slipped into sleep, the deepest sleep,
and they left him on the first child’s
bed for final tearful goodbyes.

Later that day the man dug a grave
between clumps of blue grass
in the garden. They covered Ephraim
with soil, flowers, farewells.

For several days the children placed
flowers on the little grave,  finally
seeing Ephraim was resting for ever.

Previously posted July 2016

Goodbye Ephraim

At The Meat Chiller

On a busy morning at the
supermarket meat chiller
I studied shelves of
sausages, chops, mince
and shin meat on the bone.
I tried to slide right
to see the chicken packs, lamb
knuckles, corned beef brisket
but the person to my right
simply would not move.
I sidestepped along slightly crowding
but still they did not move.

I turned to say “Excuse me !”
and found myself facing my
reflection in the mirror
on the end section wall.

Previously posted June 2016

At The Meat Chiller

Pensioner Payday

Every second Tuesday morning
on pensioner payday
the oldies fill the supermarket
aisles as they stock up for
the next fortnight. They stop
and stare at shelves of
biscuit packets, cereal boxes,
packs of mince and sausages.
mobile customers ease their
trolleys around the less mobile
as trolley jams cause hiccups
in the traffic  flow along
the crowded aisles. Soap
powder shelves are blockaded
fruit tin pyramids besieged,
chicken shelves at the meat
freezers are surrounded
by tightly packed trolleys.

At last the wheeled tide
reaches the checkouts barrier
flowing slowly past the tills
paying for carrots and potatoes
bread and margarine.

Out on the forecourt two rows
of mobility scooters line up
nose to nose awaiting their riders
with their tightly packed bags.
Walkers with bulging bags
attached move steadily away.
We younger ones with our trundlers
step briskly along the footpath
and nifty little pensioner cars
tootle briskly down the road.

Previously posted June 2016

Pensioner Payday