Monday, February 20, 2012

02 - 2012

Margaret Price née Bailey

I remember Margaret.
From an early age in Kingsteignton
When hay was made in the old way.
The road men had a green shed on wheels
towed by a shiny green steamroller.
The nightwatchman had red lamps
to tend at the cross roads.
Other men of the road were tramps.

I remember Margaret
She had a tortoise and a pond with gold fish
and When happy which was often
her warm laughter tumbled, fluctuated
like golden leaves falling though sunlight.
She drove a pale green Austin car
over unadopted bumpy roads.

I remember Margaret
Her father, he embarrassed me
asking - My intentions to his daughter
An awkward question when you are 7
and she of twenty-four or five
I shared my philately plus chocolate
while listening to her laughter!

I remember Margaret
especially now for no more will
her chuckle ring alive in my ear
Serve only in memory.
Rest in peace my dear
Jan 3rd 1926 - Feb 6th 2012