There I am in my christening robes
In Auntie Nessie's arms,
In camel hair coat and pixie hood
Petting a Frisian cow
And in new Easter dress
Handmade by Nanny
Feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square.
There's Dad grinning at the helm of the April
On the Salford River
Mum, with Nick starting to swell her belly
Peggy hanging out the washing
As she did every Monday,
Siamese Victoria in the wigam,
And Mosby the tortoishell
Sitting between teddy bear
And Skippy, my toy fox terrier.
Katy in the apple tree
Little girls skipping in the yard
And children on the seesaw
In front of octagonal summerhouse
Timmy, Kay, John and Livy
With a curly-haired Becky
Balancing in the middle.
Look, here we are in Leicester Park,
Cheeky Lindy and Nick playing on the ruins
Wearing their little duffel coats,
Here with Mum,
Looking for signs of spring.
A priceless shot of Fingal's Cave
Taken by my Baby Brownie.
Visions of family
In dinghies, ferries, tents, rockpools,
Or snuggled in the back of Blue Bessie,
Our little Morris Minor.
Happy children making calendars, building a boat
Playing in snow,
Decorating Christmas tree.
My childhood self is alive here
In that elusive garden
Whose sorrows and joys
Have made me what I am.