Saturday, 10 April 2021

#NaPoWriMo 2021 - Haiku of Life (1986 and 1987)



You were buying fudge

when your coach left heading back

from york to your school.

(A school trip to York nearly resulted in me walking back to Stretford from York)


A shop assistant

the careers advisor said

when you said writer.

(Things have changed since this memory, but back then it was expected I would be working in retail or warehouses. I wanted more)

#NaPoWriMo 2021 - Haiku of Life (1984 and 1985)



We still don’t want you

your class team to said after

scoring twice for them.

(A early memory of playing in my class football team. It was not the best of times as I never really fitted in that class)


Waking me early

I knew my nana had died

before mother said.

(My mum’s mum, my nana died 10 years or so after the death of her husband, all of us realising afterwards how she simply went to pieces) 

Friday, 9 April 2021

#NaPoWriMo 2021 - Haiku of Life (1983)



Moving to high school

you nearly walked straight back out

after your first day.

(After a reasonably happy time at Primary School, my day at Secondary School was a complete change in tone)

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

#NaPoWriMo 2021 - Haiku of Life (1982)



Wrote your first poem

when you reached ten and haven’t

stopped writing them since.

(In 1982 the above happened. It changed my life)

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

#NaPoWriMo 2021 - Haiku of Life (1981)



In your Uncles car

you didn’t stop shaking for hours

when the riots began.

(In July 1981 – Manchester, UK was engulfed in the Moss Side Riots and me, my uncle and dad got caught up in it. It was frankly a terrifying memory)

Monday, 5 April 2021

#NaPoWriMo 2021 - Haiku of Life (1980)



Blood spread everywhere

when your brother fell onto

the floor at the gate

(In 1980, freshly born my brother wanted to play games with me and my sister and in this case badly injured himself tripping up)

Sunday, 4 April 2021

#NaPoWriMo 2021 - Haiku of Life (1979)



You fell on the floor

running to see your brother

shortly after born.

(In 1979 my brother was born and my first memory of him was falling onto the floor in the hospital)