Duncan Stephen

Yesterday - Poem by Duncan Stephen

Childhood, adolescence,
At grandma's house
Children in tin bath in front of fire
Water everywhere
Oldest in bath first
Clean water, what a relief

Ice cream on Sunday nights
Three brothers tucked up in bed
Bed time stories read by grandma
Lights out by nineoclock
Sweet dreams, innocence, memories
Wriggling, falling out of bed

Adolescence, responsibilities
Chores round grandma's house
Help with shopping
Laundry day, stoking the boiler
Clothes through ringer
Hung out to dry, clothes taken in
Flat iron heating by the fire
Clothes ironed and put away
Pocket money earned 2/6d
Save 1/0d spent 1/6d

Visit grandma every day
Half an hour after school
Talking about what happened during the day
Home for supper

Then that awful day came
Grandma passed on
I still dream of grandma
Envisioning her at the bottom of my bed
One night grandma came
And we talked about what happened during the day

God bless grandma.

Topic(s) of this poem: family

Form: Verse

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 20, 2015

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