Memories of Childhood

a poem by Thelma Elizabeth Zaracostas, Australia - poetry writer, author, poet

Memories of Childhood

Grandma's floral apron
Her silver hair
Steam from the iron fills
the air.

Sunday roast apple pie
Homemade plum jam
cooling near by.

Deep within the
big cement tubs
white shirts , soapy suds.

Places to hide trees to climb
Azaleas, dahlias,
grow so high in
my grandfather's garden.

Around the corner
was st Joseph's school
Cousin Annie and I
hurrying to our class room.

Hopscotch and cricket
out in the street
Extended family within
easy reach.

Grandfather died upon
the big brass bed
No children at funerals
no farewell.

Family and friends
gathered around
To pay their respects
to a great old gent.

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