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Hygge Feature #7 The love of children

What could be more hygge that cuddling up with small children, especially grandchildren? All of the pleasure and none of the work, plus all the happy memories of being a parent, relived. And the love children offer is so unconditional. Photo by Ken Patterson and sent to me by Colin Will.

holding

Holding pattern

Some kind of delay before take-off,
an under-estimate of landing rigmaroles,
passport control – the barriers politicians
put between people – baggage reclaim
and the obligatory airside toiletings,
mean we’re far too early for the family.

I’m wondering, since it’s a couple of years
between visits, how much the children
have changed, how they’ll react.
And then they come through,
son pushing overloaded trolley,
daughter-in-law smiling, grandson shy.

But my granddaughter sees us, shouts
and starts to run. She leaps into my arms
snuggles her head into my neck,
breathes against me. As I turn her
to and fro I see smiles and moist eyes
on the faces of bystanders,
little ripples of remembered joys.

Colin Will

First published in Every Day Poems

Arms full

This door is always open,
no need for keys, or bell.
I untangle my bunny slippers
from where they wait with
the pink-glitter wellies. Squeals
of delight run into the kitchen
to hug my knees. Then a cuppa
and ginger biscuit from the shelf
set aside for my special treats.
Chubby bodies clamber to my lap
demand silly stories, tickles and
disco dancing. Other folk might
want candles, log fires and soft rugs.
Cuddles with these wee astronaut-
mermaids are enough for me.

Finola Scott

MY GRANDSON WRITES HIS NAME

for Ziyad

The first letter he has known for months
in zig-zag lines getting nowhere.

Turned on its side and crayoned blue
he can stretch it out like a river;

or if he changes colour can make
a mountain, some grass, a fire.

Cut back to its simplest form
and laid out in rows like ghosts,

he follows the dots over and over
before he does it on his own.

When he learns its sound is a buzz
he likes, he hears it and sees it again

in the stripes of zebra,
in the bars of a place called zoo.

 He has five shapes to master.
They stand above or hang below

a line that’s always there –
even if you think it’s vanished.

But when it all comes together
in a final downward stroke

– staunch and straight as he will be –
it tells him who he is,

this name he has always heard
ever since he’s been here.

David Cooke

 

 First published in Cortland Review (US)

 

 

 

 

 

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Featuring Two poems by Lucy Joy Lightfoot

My great niece Lucy has just turned seven. This morning she shared these stunning poems with me.

Sugar Plum

Sugar Plum is sweet,
She is a treat,
You’ll be her friend
When she gives you something nice to eat.

She ate too much sugar,
So she had to eat a plum,
That’s why her friends
Nick-named her Sugar Plum.

She is still sweet.

The Storm

Thunder deafen,
Thunder crash,
Wind hurl,
Wind smash,
Lightning frighten,
Lightning flash,
Black – white.
And calm,
And calm.

She shows a command of rhyme very rare to see in one so young. And she is writing from her own experience in a freshly observed way, with an admirable economy.

This talent needs to be encouraged. Lucky for her she has amazing parents who will do just that!

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The Mean Librarian

The Mean Librarian

The mean librarian
gives us dirty looks
Makes us wash our hands
before we touch the books.
Hates us coming in,
says we make a noise.
thinks we can’t read
says ‘Books are not toys’.
She stamps out our books
like she’s stamping on our toes.
Always says, as if we wouldn’t,
‘Take good care of those’.

The mean librarian
checks in our returns.
Looks inside them carefully
for crumbs and stains and burns.
Slaps them on the counter
as if she’s slapping faces
then takes care to put them
In proper numbered spaces.
The mean librarian
will be satisfied when
all the books are safe on shelves
and never borrowed again!.

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