Sunday, November 18, 2007

what was lost


[a list inspired by the title of a novel by Catherine O’Flynn]

a silver ring set with a red stone - a blue military style jacket - a bucket full of memory - the first Feeder album - unbroken skin - the girl in the paddling pool - the smile in the plastic racing car - three months in the summer of 1993 - 8 years give or take - the taste of Malibu - your middle name - unquestioned trust - the desire for great heights - self censorship - the one who walks in the snow - a real wood floor - the lost boys - a duck and a bear - milk teeth - the desire to dye my hair - a pen that wrote with pale grey ink - your untorn first letter to me - our dogwood - a blonde hair halo - belief in the mythology of Father Christmas / Jesus Christ / The Queen (delete as desired) - a handful of Friday nights and Saturday mornings - the boy with the whitest smile - the cover of my first copy of ‘Dracula’ - our get out clauses - those amber incense cones - the child with the faraway eyes - the flexibility of youth - the need to write neatly - living anywhere above the ground floor - the chance to start again

4 comments:

dandelion said...

I hate saying 'wow' in comments, it somehow doesn't seem enough. But... Wow. I think i'm going to be revisiting this list for a while. Thank you for making this dandelion shed tears on a sunday morning...xx

Clare said...

Yes, truly excellent list. I love the way you mix things from the concrete to the ephemeral - wonderful stuff.

polona said...

oh, this is an impressive list... beautiful and funny and poignant all at the same time...
thank you for sharing

Shelley said...

So rich in its specificity, at once mournful and celebratory... thank you for sharing this!