My sister, ma soeur.
My flower, ma fleur.
Mon amie d'enfance.
Now you live en
Blacks and whites have the same rights,
to hear all sounds, see all sights,
to sleep safely at
Ah you are here, not a moment too soon.
That's how I feel when you walk in the room.
You have no
The importance of play may never be overstated.
It's status in child development so
Buds into beautiful blossoms burst.
Sun creates green but instils a thirst.
The way that they look at each other,
My Granddaughter and her Mother.
To witness such a bond,
A new name has been added to the list.
So Father Christmas knows that you exist.
The elves spelt
Watch in wonder, listen with care.
As its teachings this world lays bare.
Run, skip, jump,
Mancunian, musical, multi-cultural Metropolis.
Artisan, artistic, ancestral
Snowdrop, tulip, daffodil and crocus.
Your colours coax dull lenses to focus.
Rain often drenched
He's flown the nest at his behest.
Another test to curb my rest.
University does beckon.
You saved a bee ... that said so much to me.
Drowsy, dry and debilitated the bee lay on the
'Wake me up before you go go' you sang on the way to 'Club Tropicana'.
You chose life, dancing
Another night lain awake, burning demons at the stake.
Casting spells to make you pine which you
Hush, be still, let sweet air nostrils fill.
Trees beseech, Oak, Sycamore, Birch and Beech.
Purple Rain is the refrain that always drags me from pain.
More than Doves shall Cry alongside
You brought yourself to this.
Perhaps by some subconscious force.
Maybe not the destiny you
Darwen Tower, there you sit resplendent on the Moor.
Like many landmarks you represent times that
Motherhood defines me,
but often undermines me.
My fears for you are almost tangible.
The sound of the Lock turned by your key.
Starts a butterfly dance deep within me.
I think of
Clouds above us, feet in sand.
You toddle beside me clutching my hand.
Bucket sloshes with
Custard kisses, apple puree grin.
Baby rice and rusks, let's wipe that from your chin!
You reached your first milestone today, with that smile.
You’re changing so quickly, stay this
Prior to confinement, you were only mine.
My precious joy within, a delicate time.
A mixture of
Where the earth meets the sky, we shall walk you and I.
Seagulls soar and caw, the scavengers of
Into the cauldron throw all your fears.
Mix them together with a jug full of tears.
A cocktail of emotions bubbles within.
I sometimes allow you under my skin.
Sibling or foe? I
Ushers dash, colours clash, cameras flash.
Babies wriggle, children giggle, bridesmaids
Let's take a chance with our first dance.
To wish on a star that our lives will go far.
Good folks gathered in this room.
It's time to toast the Bride and Groom.
What a glorious day it
At wedding breakfast we all sit, my speech next ... must remember it.
I stand and fear my voice
Light and white, fluffy, like snowflakes.
Flower girls stoop to pluck them for keepsakes.
That first kiss, tingles down my spine.
Rain outside but I'm bathed in sunshine.
Two rings entwine, your heart and mine.
Symbols of our love divine.
Our love excels, in our
I vow ... to love you always.
Think of you fondly, even on your bad days.
To constantly give you
Here comes the bride.
Her father swells with pride.
Her comes her mother, sister and
A gossamer vision you stand atop the stair.
Of this profound moment in time I'm acutely
We met late in life you and I.
Late in yours.
Early in mine.
I was young, newly qualified.
Usher us in.
Then usher us out.
We've come for a ceremony so devout.
We will witness this
For goodness sake take a look at that cake!
Triple-tiered and dreamy,
fruit-filled, sponge or
Beautiful, brave, buoyant boy.
Floating, cutting, slicing through the blue waves.
From hereon after, there will be laughter.
Life has a habit of making you lose your sense of
Grief yawns and swallows you whole.
Insomnia, heartache, regrets take their toll.
It's time to buy a hat!
The invitation is on the mat.
This time the millinery,
I'm going to Town to choose my bridal gown.
What a wonderful day, fairy princess I'll play.
Oh my goodness can it be true?
Something borrowed, something blue.
Your toes trying a satin
Tailcoat and tiara,
cufflinks and mascara.
Vows said in front of others,