celebrating and creating our own LGBT history

day fifteen

Spring

 

Look look the pussy willow’s out!

And we wallow in memories,

Hanging them on the delicate whiskers

Silhouetted against the sky.

 

Blue of course as it always was:

Cycling round the common blue,

Snatching bucket and spade blue,

Jumping on the swings blue.

 

Our film starts off with them

With the sun straining through bars

Then wafting on the willow

That we took to teacher.

 

And left low and bare on the nature table

Wood and wall paint brown

Kicked desk and floor brown

Loathed suit and uniform brown.

 

Blue now is locked behind the park rails

Brown invades our lives.

For us now the swings must be still

And you and I dare not climb trees.

 

Look look the pussy willow’s out!

And we wallow in memories

Hanging them on the delicate whiskers

Silhouetted against the sky

 

our film continues

as we carve through

into adulthood

forging new maps

 

Powerful sunsets ending passionate days

Discovering our strengths days

Creating our own paths days

Being our own boss every day

 

Undertaking new journeys

The swings now vibrate

As we jump and rock on them

We not only scale trees, we shake them

and crack ceilings

 

The pussy willow is OUT and proud!

 

 

 

 

Sue Sanders, Broadstairs

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Comments on: "day fifteen" (3)

  1. love the evocative refrain of the pussy willow and the use of colour …the beauty and freedom of blue and oppressive restrained brown….very empowering journey

  2. Wonderfully uplifting. I’ll never look at a Pussy Willow again without feeling out and proud.

  3. Moments of the colours of childhood and the now woven together..lovely

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