These hands

Rode a pony

Learnt to write

Tried to keep

Held books tight

Cut and grazed

Kneaded dough

Tried to play

Plant to grow

Cat’s cradle’d

Pushed ahead

Tried to stop

Tears shed

Struck out

Clenched numb

Tried to stay

Popped bubblegum

Learnt to knit

Conker split

Tried to hide

Let go of it.

 

© Jennifer Winterburn

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