#atinylife friends that are family


Some thoughts on family, history and dandelion clocks.

Stella Hervey Birrell

My children run under the spreading tree,

rich with the fruit of swings.

Disappear for hours on end,

cousins and new friends and dogs romp

around rich grass,

tumbledown outbuildings.

 

Mature trees

look down fondly

from their great height upon

another generation

of wet footprints on their forest floor.

 

I look out of the window,

feel time loosening its grip.

An ending line

curves into a circle.

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meshed.

Today, my children inhabit part of my history.

 

Today

my story and memories

will become

their story, their memories.

A house, a garden, a cocooned day:

as children, as adults.

 

Across the lawn,

straggled out in age order,

the three year old last in his yellow wellies.

 

After him,

I can almost see another figure.

A girl treads lightly,

the last full head of dandelion clock gripped gently in her hand.

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About atinylife140

This is the website and blog of tinylifer Stella Hervey Birrell. I'm a writer living in East Lothian, Scotland. My first novel, How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? was published in 2016. I wanted to start a blog that wouldn’t encroach much into anyone’s day, with a nod to Twitter’s use of brevity as a USP (I use 140 words per post, they insist on 140 characters per post). In the blog, I want to mostly focus on the little things, the ones that lift us, keep us going on the difficult days. The visuals will also be deliberately simple: a post-it note with an illustration in pencil (Stella HB, you see?). Thanks for reading!
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