Written by Jezzie G

 

Running through the house

down the garden path

past the cold-frames covering

salad for the summer ahead

my childish legs eager

to reach your shed

the shed of stories and childhood dreams

and I’d sit in the wood-shavings

inhaling  their scent

as you drew deeply on a rolled-up cigarette

‘what shall we make today’ you said

as you handed me pieces of wood

and I’d sit thinking

wood-shavings sticking to my chubby legs

while mum brought you a cup of tea

and while you chatted with her

my thoughts would be on the bits of wood

but what could they be

then mum would go to help with the lunch

and you gave me a biscuit from the secret tin

a custard cream to help me think

and I looked at the wood

‘a boat, grandad, let’s make a boat’

 

Text © Jezzie G

 

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