If you live in plain sight of the school yard
you will never go further than home
when the bell rings your legs will not dally
but will tread the few meters alone.
Though inclined to the path least resisting
don’t be frightened of stretching your self
take the back gate and go round the houses
for the ultimate good of your health.
Sir sharpened pencils;
it was done to perfection:
nothing is pointless.
Have you forgot the fairy child
its face a rose from Heaven
who danced upon your attic floor
with you when you were seven?
Have you forgot the world we made
from dust of fairy shoe?
I took you in with fairy ways –
you wondered what I knew.
Have you forgot your whispered wish
when you were shaped a child,
and I was something different?
the promises we smiled?
Another life undid our bond
and closed the door I made
betwixt the breath of butterflies
where fairy children played.
But in this altered time we live
I hold a space for you
and you’ll return in time, you will –
All fairy children do.
I didn’t know the lad, but he was part of our community and I know he will be missed. As each cherished person is missed. If he has to be gone, the lad, then I would like a picture to remember him by. I didn’t know him, but I want to remember him now, even though it makes me sad. So I will sketch him in a few words, and when he sees my sketch, he might point and laugh, and say “Silly, that’s not me!” But I won’t mind. I won’t mind at all.
Swimming in his shoes
Red sparkles on white horses
1 Guilty betrayer of all cats
2 fully occupied
3 selling comfort for a coin
4 driving far from home
5 in Wellington
6 dressed as a zebra
7 eating roasted vegetables.
1 The pigs came
2 we shared the pie
3 three lay curled upon our bed
4 chasing imaginary flies
5 earrings on your cabinet
6 slept on the other side
7 missing you.