Tuesday, January 3, 2012

last years

"there are no more last years,"
he tells me
"we're all out."
but he promises me
a hundred more new ones
after this

"last year."
she's obsessed
"remember last year?"
she asks
"we came here last year."
(last week)
"i remember," i say

"remember our wishes?"
she asks
"all last year's wishes are gone.
our last wish was a Christmas wish."

she doesn't say
if we get new ones
for this year

3 comments:

  1. Is this something like a "found poem?" It reads like an artistically controlled version of a very poignant conversation with two slightly confused children. With an important message for all of us, of course.

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  2. It does seem an artfully constructed transcription--as per Mairi. I like this a lot, tho I must say I don't love the line "she's obsessed," as it tells us something that we would probably get anyway just by the repetition of her questions. Well done!

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  3. Great so I'm plagarising the five year old...

    Hmm you mave a point John. She does it about a hundred times a day though so my view's a bit warped.

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