Terry Collett

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

Thompson's Non Date 1962 - Poem by Terry Collett

Thompson brought
his sandwiches to school
and we ate
our sandwiches
in one
of the empty classrooms.

He was a big kid
but a gentle giant
who liked to hear
my jokes or stories
or tales of London.

we swapped
he having one
of my cheese
for one of his jam
or one of his ham
and pickle
for my cold beef
(especially Mondays) .
Sometimes he'd say
to try his drink
(weak lime juice)
for a taste of my
warm tea
from a flask.

He liked girls
but found them
like enigmas not
to be unravelled.

I tried
to get him a girl
but he was too shy
to meet her.

He said he
was too big
too tall
he didn't know
so was the girl.

I selected her
for that very reason
a rare beast
like a bird
out of season.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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