Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blossoms




RUBY TUESDAY

BLOSSOMS
Breeze-blown, the blossoms bleed into the earth below,
Making room for other scarlet miracles to grow.
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BASKET CASE.
(As reported by his Auntie Becca some years ago.)

Harry is my nephew. Harry is still three.
He’s sitting in the laundry-basket playing happily.
He rocks around, making a sound and smiling up at me.

‘Communicate with him!’ I think. ‘That’s what a toddler needs,
Before he really understands; before he ever reads.
Who knows where stimulation from a loving Auntie leads?’

‘Are you in a plane,’ I say, ’Flying in the sky?
Wow! Your wings are very big! You must be very high!
Look! A flock of pretty birds! See them flying by!’

Harry turns and looks at me.
After all, he’s only three!

‘Oh now I see! You’re in a car and the wheels are going round!
Brrrm brmm goes the motor car! What a lovely sound!
You can go so very fast, you hardly touch the ground’.

Harry turns and looks at me.
After all, he’s only three!

‘No! My mistake! You’re in a ship, with lovely bright red sails.
You’re sailing far out in the deep, among the sharks and whales.
There must be dolphins over there! I can see their tails!’

Harry turns and looks at me.
After all, he’s only three!

‘Better still, you’re in a train, having a lovely ride!
I can see the great big trees and the beautiful countryside!
Duck-ponds, houses, bridges too and other things beside!’

Harry turns and looks at me.
After all, he’s only three!

‘Now whee! You’re in a spaceship! I’m sure I’ve got it right.
You can see the world below! What a lovely sight!
Don’t bump into any stars or you’ll turn out the light!’

Harry turns and says to me
‘It’s a laundry basket! Can’t you see!’
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4 comments:

Manang Kim said...

Those blossoms are so pretty I wanted to pick them up. The 2nd photo is so cute and he is handsome little kid. Happy RT!

My Cardinal

Greyscale Territory said...

O help Brenda! That poem "got me!" Children can be so annoyingly logical at times can't they?
O - and a lovely fall of blossoms in the photo!

Dave said...

just love your poems!

Sandy said...

Wonderful poem! And oh so true. They are way much smarter than us. LOL. Love the blossoms!