After Max's demise, I thought I'd note my birthday today with a little nostalgia.


Now we are sixty-six (with apologies to Christopher Robin)

Now we are sixty-six
I'll have a Sunday bath
And use the carbolic soap
To mould into sea monsters.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll breakfast on
Two runny boiled eggs
And saluting soldiers.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll help mother bake
Coconut pyramids and
Lick the mixing bowl clean.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll watch my father
Take off his false forearm
And read 'For King and Country'
Tattooed on the stump.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll race Josephine Stone
To school and let her win
Because I love her.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll forgive Miss Quixall
For rapping my knuckles
With a ruler as punishment
For talking in her class.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll walk home from school
With mother and Josephine Stone
And buy some sherbet and liquorice
From Mrs Twizzle's penny tray.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll play hide and seek
With other kids but
Not Josephine Stone
As her dad doesn't like me.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll go in when mother
Calls me from the front step
And get ready for bed.

Now we are sixty-six
I'll read this week's 'Beano'
In bed until lights out
And think of racing
Josephine Stone to school
In the morning.






Poetry by Christopher Fernie
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Written on 2017-10-19 at 12:08

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2017-10-21


Bibek
Happy Birthday, Chris! Lovely poem!
2017-10-20


Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
This is delightful! Thank you for sharing your birthday with us. Happy 66 Birthday, Chris! :D xo
2017-10-19


Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
Happy Birthday! And what a delightful poem. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Ashe
2017-10-19


shells
Just delightful, simple pleasures remembered.
2017-10-19


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
Speaking for C. Robins, no apology necessary. This is pure delight. Happy Birthday!
2017-10-19


Helen Paquin The PoetBay support member heart!
Happy Birthday, Chris. Enjoyed poem.
2017-10-19