Terry Collett

Gold Star - 23,291 Points (13/12/1947 / LONDON)

After Watching Mother. - Poem by Terry Collett

Your mother
stood over
the washtub
the steam rising upward

she poked the boiling wash
with what she called
her copper stick
pushing it down

and around now and then
wiping sweat
from her brow
and you stood watching

seeing her push
the washing down
with the stick
as if she were a good pirate

plunging with a sword
the bad pirates
from some skull
and crossbones ship

and when she lifted the stick
water fell back down
like grey watery blood
what's for dinner today?

you asked
it'll have to be cold meat
and beans and mash
as it's washday

and I still
have much to do
she said
and yes it was Monday

and Tuesday was stew
and so you left her
with the washing
and imaginary pirates

and the steam
and heat
and went out to play
in the Square with Jim

then along under
the railway bridge
to meet Helen
with Battered Betty her doll

and take a walk
to the Neptune's
fish & chip shop
for 6d worth of chips

and held Helen's hand
on the way back
to the Square
then to that place

under the railway bridge
and kissed and left her there.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 1, 2013

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