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
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
Those days will come again.
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