Autumn 2008 JBWB Poetry Competition Third Prize

Learning Curve

Jean Jones


“Now be good

And don’t cry

When you go to school.”

I nodded,

Though wondered and wondered

Why I should.


Maureen Flowerday cried twice.

Frail and dishevelled

She held my hand by the sand

And we were friends -

Superglued all afternoon.


She contained her tears for a while,

Until they brimmed over

And touched the rest of her life.

 ©2008 Jean Jones

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