For Miz Quickly Day 1

For Miz Quickly Day 1

Five Pieces for Day One

I. Sinking Ships
That summer the lake was deep, dark and bottomless.
I hadn’t learned to swim yet. I remember thinking,
So this is what a sinking ship feels like as it goes down.
Dad backed the boat right off the ramp that summer.

II. Van Gogh Gold
Mum bought herself a new wedding band after her
real own went down the plughole. Shiny new gold,
like a Van Gogh sunflower colour. Dad never knew.
It was that summer I discovered bumblebees sting.

III. Dirt and Bones
For months, I wept at the thought of him. Me,
caught between layers of grey and black and white.
And then, there’s his scent. Warm strawberries.
I don’t weep over him anymore. All that’s gone.

IV. Sparks
The only bit of Girl Scouts that I liked was torching
marshmallows in a blazing campfire. And sparks
rising like urgent souls to heaven. I pretended
to like tents, and shivering in the wet grey cold.

V. And More Sparks
It was a curious thing. Walked a mile amongst
the dust and green of lazy air, and I inhaled
surprise when I first saw a firefly. Like small
moons spinning August into endless stars.

Written for Miz Quickly’s Day One Word Thingy.  Photo by Davor Denkovski on Unsplash. Shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

4 responses to “For Miz Quickly Day 1”

  1. Five lovely pieces, Misky. You have a way of saying so much just with hinting. These are like little sketches that have just captured an essence so neatly. My grandma was good at the drawn version of these.

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