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Terry Collett


Lost In The Air.


I never saw you today
In the playground
Through the playground fence
You said as you boarded

The school bus
I was at the other end
Jane said with other girls
Playing skip rope

O I wondered
Where you were
You said
She sat

By the window
And you sat
Next to her
Well they asked me

To play and I didn't
Want to say no
She said
Who were you with?

West mostly
He came back
From lunch early
And we played cards

By the metalwork rooms
Not betting were you?
She asked
No

You said
If we had been
I'd have lost
As it was

I only lost cards
Not money
O I see
She said

There was a fine quality
To her voice
And her words
Were like a kind of music

You noticed her hands
In her lap
One laying on top
Of the other

The fingernails
Cut neat and pink
You wanted to hold them
But didn't want

The other kids
In the bus
To see
So you just looked

At the hands and fingers
As she talked
Of some butterfly
She'd seen

In her garden
And her father
Had told her
What it was

And how beautiful
It was
The colours
And the way it flew

And how it was all
A part of God's plan
And creation
But you were only

Half listening
You noticed
Gazing at her profile
How fine her lips were

When she spoke
How they moved
How her tongue
Moved like some dancer

How her eyes
Opened wide
At certain words
As if some inner explosion

Had brought them to life
And they blazed
Like a new world
Being born

And you lost
The meaning
Of her words
They were as music playing

In another sphere
You sitting there
Gazing like a soul
Lost at sea

At a far off ship
Going a different way
And any S.O.S
You may send

Was lost
In the air of the day.

Submitted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Edited: Sunday, August 18, 2013

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