A House Is Not A Home
Buckets of slag have ceased to fly …
Don doesn’t whistle as he passes
Old TY Pennar at night –
His signal that all was well.
He’s a richer man with money,
But poorer for the loss of his Alice
Who lays old in an early grave.
Aunt Jess, too, no longer there,
Where, at a few months age,
Mother displayed me with pride
Atop a blanket on the front lawn
Twixt grandma, great and greater –
Five generations shuttered still.
Dear Miss Colebrook doesn’t smile
Nor give me a kiss from her bed.
Her windows have been changed,
Her roof renewed in slate,
Mod cons installed a’plenty,
But only now she’s gone!
Dear Aunt Marge doesn’t sit
On the wall out front, where
Gran and Grandad stood proud –
With a ginger Cat about their feet.
When all was well in their world.
When Grandma’s arms could
Make me feel at home.
It’s all changed.
They’re all entombed.
Save for mum,
Who is Ninety-Five,
Marooned in a ground-floor flat
At nearby Pontllanfraith.
… but the green, green grass remains.