MY GRAN’S PLACE
My Gran’s place is an unchanging one
And I always visit when horridly glum.
She doesn’t go in for changing trends
Of fashion, hairdo’s or marital friends.
Everything’s the same, as long as I’ve known
The clock in the hall, the old fashioned phone.
She opens her door with a welcoming smile
And says ‘Hello love, come in for a while.’
Mum’s moved to a flat, small but not cosy,
Door to door concrete, and neighbours nosy.
No bike riding, skateboarding or making a noise
Pets not allowed, and they hate little boys.
Sometimes I go to stay with Dad
but after a while I start to feel mad.
A fresh new start, my stepmother said
And threw everything out, even my bed.
The kitchen’s never messy with cooking,
Everything’s tidy and modern looking.
The back verandah is now a study,
With nowhere to leave anything muddy.
Gran’s furniture’s shabby, and I like it a lot,
A smoking wood stove, and soup in the pot.
The broken down stool in my favourite nook
The bookshelf that has my very first book.
An expensive video game sits at home,
But it doesn’t compensate for nights alone.
Dad takes me fishing and for drives galore
(He never acted like this before!)
My Gran’s world is warm and friendly,
Nothing there is ever trendy.
I love to visit when feeling blue,
And pretend that my world’s unchanging too.
Previous published in House of Sprouts (OUP 1988) and Positive Words (May 2008)