Winter Gardens

Sentiment sent me for a day by the sea and in
making my way to the bay which I remembered from childhood
I could see shapes of the shadows of what used to be

I could see me with an ice cream
Mum with her knitting,
dad trying to fit in
to a kiss me quick hat
Sis’ doing her ballet on the

I get confused in the North West where the string vest
was considered and used as an item of clothing
where people put their nose in and politely enquire
of your health,
but it’s not an oddity
it’s the doings being done
that have made me
Mother’s son
and mum said,
lots more yet to come and
she carried on and on
knitting memories for
her children

© 2018, John Smallshaw.