Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stuffed Animals

Dead and cold
In the back bedroom
That was always damp
Dad probably swapped them
For a tuppenny blue
Or found them
In a house he was demolishing
Maybe in its loft
The glass case jammed beneath a beam
Gathering dust
A squirrel, a crow?
I can’t remember now.
I was probably seven or eight.
I think there was a badger.

I wonder where they are now.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Twenty Five Years

Twenty five years
That pass in a nod
In a wink
Whizz by in the blink of an eye
Quicker than drinking
Before you can think

Twenty five years
Jammed to the rafters
With boxes of laughter
And crates of adventures
And loving hugs crammed into corners
and crevices
Shoved down the backs of sofas
And hoarded in cupboards
In nooks and in crannies
Momentos and memories
And even the kitchen sink
Is filled with flowers long gone
Black-eyed Suzies and yellow roses
But their perfume and colours
still lingering on.

Twenty five years
Who would have expected
The fun and the joy
To have lasted so long?
The stories we made, the music
We played, the melody still going strong

Twenty five years
And the past grows and grows
And each month overflows, and each day spills
Into the next like a song you can’t lose
Showtime of new shoes,
Tears in the shade
But fun in the sun when you ain’t got the blues
Such a shame that the memories fade
But the game carries on
New memories made
Our marriage just doesn’t feel old
Twenty five years, we’ve the silver
Now the thrill of going for gold

Monday, September 01, 2014

This Week I Like Cats

This week I like cats
I gather them and mould all around me
To the shape of cat
Cat plant holders
Cat towel rails
It’s an all-embracing cat experience
I line the walls with cat paintings
And the mantelpiece with cat figurines
And re-post hilarious cat videos
And cute kitten videos on Face Book

I worship the constellation Orion
And conjure ancient Egyptian Gods
I wear a cat-emblazoned tee shirt
And Siamese cats peek from my socks
A Persian cat sparkles in my naval
This week I like cats

Next week I will be liking frogs