Kathryn Gardiner


The Day By The Pond And The Solar Eclipse - Poem by Kathryn Gardiner

Do you remember
The day by the pond?
Following our dads to school
Those walls weren't meant for us
They could not, did not, hold us
Where they held our dads
Inside
With a borrowed net we chased and fell
Through unknown schoolyards
The backdropp to someone's life
So mundane to them
The bigger kids
But to us, an unexplored land.
By the pond we played
Catching frogs and running from bluebottles
Summer sun picking out the chalk dust
That our father's failed to notice.
And the day of the eclipse
I stayed over, Junior
And watched Neighbours
And danced and ran
Through water soaked afternoon
A child's battle.
We had no idea
Of things to come, how could we?
Now you've got your own battles
To overcome
Stay strong
Those days will come again.

(For D)

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  • (8/25/2005 6:41:00 AM)

    Strong title. Straightforward prose. Do you mean 'Neighbours' as in people who live close by? Or something else? That threw me somewhat. I didn't dislike this. It is not original by any means. It may be a little hokey. To improve it, free your imagination and try capturing some expressions that measure up to that fine title. Be inventive. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 25, 2005


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