It’s the Little Things
A little cheer may come to you by reading these sweet poems by Lynn White! Follow these stories of frogs, a turtle, and a chicken!
I loved the pond near my auntie’s.
Just a short walk from the village.
I could get right up close
and peer into the water.
That was how I saw the frogs.
They were not easy to catch but
I managed it eventually, one at a time.
I kissed each carefully
to make sure they were real frogs,
didn’t want one of those prince things.
Then I put them in my shoe and placed
my other shoe on top
so that they couldn’t jump out.
I walked back barefoot
over the rough ground
and the village street.
I discovered that my mother and auntie
were afraid of frogs.
Perhaps they would have preferred princes.
They didn’t like the barefoot walk either.
My dirty feet would show them up,
My uncle said they were good for the garden
and I would not be allowed to take them on the bus
when I went home.
So I watched them leapfrog through his garden.
I hoped they’d be happy there.
He told me they were,
but I never saw them again.
First published in Scrittura, September 2018
When I was a child,
Brenda’s turtle walked
into the hot, hot embers.
No one knew why.
So badly burned
we thought him ready
for an easeful, sleepy death.
“No, no” said the vet,
“very resilient, turtles,
could live to be a hundred.”
I would like to tell you
that he made the hundred,
but he’s not quite there yet,
though he still seems happy enough.
First published in Vox Poetic, May 2017
“Happy Easter!” you said.
I’m trying to smile
as I thank you.
“She’s called Rosamunde”, you said,
a pretty name for a pretty chicken.
I try to smile as I thank you.
for Easter eggs to come.
I wonder if I should show you my new garden,
but perhaps now is not the best of times.
I wonder what Rosamunde will make
of it’s neat patchwork of flowers
and it’s spotless deck.
I try to smile
as I thank you
your generous gift
of Easter eggs to come.
First published by Nine Muses Press, March 2020
Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal and So It Goes.
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