my puerile years

Some fragments of my childhood past

I recall with intense clarity

others not so much.


Trying to remember

this far back

is like going on an archaeological dig

discovering  little scraps and shards

collected from the dust of time

and put together to form a whole.


Our old house for example

I can only recall it being a shadowy place

swum through by cooking aromas on a daily basis

in and out of each sternly furnished room.


And the sudden shouts in the night

oh yes! I remember them very well!


I can imagine because I can't be that sure

that I was taught only the basics

but never really latched onto them

my childhood preferences 

consisted of quite a varied list



moons rising

suns setting

chalk dust caught in a beam of sunlight

different shaped coloured shells

playing cards

jigsaw puzzles

those kinds of things.


And looking back now so many years later

I do so with amused wryness

what nonsense it all was!


Nevertheless in those snugly smugly happy early years

I thought ( if I thought at all! )

that nothing but nothing would change


as far as I was concerned


was the epicentre of nothing but


and my own private little world of me.



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Jemima Jones

Tue 2nd Oct 2018 15:34

No, not all Leon, like a lot of other childhoods and past lives in general, there is always a mixture of good and let's say not so good memories. Thank you for commenting. Jemima.

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Sat 3rd Mar 2018 17:04

" what nonsense it all was!" a lot yes but not all surely Jems?. I loved this little "archaeological dig"

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Jemima Jones

Sat 24th Feb 2018 13:43

Patricia and Stefan, I have never or ever will consider your opinions humble by any means, in fact, they will always mean a lot to me and are a great inspirational tool I depend on. Thank you. Jemima.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Sat 24th Feb 2018 08:57

such a shame when memories get lost Jems but which makes the ones we do remember all the more precious.

A very well written piece in our humble opinion.

P&S xx

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