seemed a simple thing that of course you could do
as easily as eat two scoops of ice cream
when invited to.
we'll save up and go to Disneyland we planned
but I spent my allowance on paperbacks
and folksongs. you were the saver
in the family
as well as a princess.
well I was one too.
and both of us in charge of cherry vanilla;
co princesses in Grandmother's brick house
with a vast piano
and our room with pale blue walls.
we should wear pink against the blue
we knew we knew we knew
because it was that way
in the storybooks.
how have years intervened
to change this train of thought
into zero plus naught
(and not in coloured chalk)
I don't understand.
let it be then, as we planned.
mary angela douglas 3 june 2016