Alison Cassidy

Full Circle

A small child
stands barefoot
under the Hills hoist.
She holds the pegs
carefully,
handing them
to her mother
one at a time.
‘Thank you sweetheart.
You’ve been a great help.’

Forty years later
an old man
stands in his slippers
under the same Hills hoist.
He too holds the pegs
carefully,
handing them
to his daughter
one at a time.
‘Thank you sweetheart.
You’ve been a great help.’

Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 11, 2009
Poem Edited: Saturday, September 26, 2009

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  • Sandra Fowler (1/24/2009 4:35:00 AM)

    Souls that touch from one generation to another. And memory keeps it all alive.
    Beautiful, Alison.

    As always,

    Sandra

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  • Naseer Ahmed NasirNaseer Ahmed Nasir (1/22/2009 12:36:00 AM)

    A simple but nice poem which reflects continuity of life.
    Regards
    Naseer

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  • Duncan Wyllie (1/18/2009 9:02:00 AM)

    This is what I truly love about poetry, the abillity to touch lives in a meaningful and beautiful way

    Love duncan X

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  • Sid John Gardner. (1/17/2009 6:07:00 PM)

    Beautifully crafted Alison, Enjoyed the warmth and caring in your words.
    Sid xx

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  • Anita Atina (1/17/2009 4:03:00 AM)

    The simplest things evoke such emotion! This is a lovely poem Allie.

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  • Ridge Cahill (1/16/2009 6:16:00 PM)

    Allie, this poem is wrought with wonderment. It so brilliantly weaves beautiful images of the binds that truly tie family as strong. The mother is linchpin that holds it all together, and nearly all mothers do, she does so unconditionally and selflessly. Brilliant in every sense of the word.

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  • alice sunderland (1/16/2009 3:36:00 AM)

    beautiful way of putting it ally. im coming to that stage of life myself! great writing.

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (1/14/2009 4:06:00 PM)

    What a lovely little poem Alison, I pictured a very beautiful scene. Love, Andrew xx

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  • Meggie GultianoMeggie Gultiano (1/14/2009 5:58:00 AM)

    i love this, Ali.Love to read and re read..few lines but it is so great.A joy in my heart.
    Love,
    Meggie

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  • Fay SlimmFay Slimm (1/14/2009 2:10:00 AM)

    Time - condensed to a few lines - brilliant - you have done it to perfection Allie my dear. - - - thought provoking - - thnk you - - hugs from Fay.....xx p.s. I intend having a look at this ceremony - thanks to Robert's comment....! ! xxx

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  • Nimal Dunuhinga (1/12/2009 4:10:00 PM)

    A great circle drew on humanitarian grounds!

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  • Mark NwagwuMark Nwagwu (1/12/2009 2:59:00 AM)

    Thanks Allie, for taking us through life, full circle, help begetting help, barefooted becoming slippers-footed, child becomin adult and all is joy and love, repeated. That's the delight. Simple and refreshing

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  • Robert Howard (1/11/2009 8:11:00 PM)

    This was a delight to read and an educational experience at the same time. I had never heard of the device before reading the poem and looked it up. It's a great metaphor for the full life circle that you describe since the Hills Hoist itself works in a circular fashion.

    Here is a YouTube link that shows a Hills Hoist in operation. Note: to get the link the work you have to take out the space between the question and the the 'v'.

    www.youtube.com/watch? v=dQudrrcYIhA

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  • David Harris (1/11/2009 2:01:00 AM)

    Allie, this is an interesting poem. The hands of help reaching over time. Another great write my friend. Top marks and thanks for for sharing it.
    Hugs David

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