Happy days


Acorns and sycamore seeds
glass marbles and conkers

the things a small boy
might collect when in season

return home pockets bulging
with an afternoon’s spoils

having tramped through
woodland and across fields

oblivious to the squirrels
and to the raucous magpies

I was that boy once – long ago
How well I remember it all !

John Lyons


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