263. Daughter poetry



In its own, slow way, my dad Eric’s house is becoming a museum. As his routines become ever more restricted and reined in, his past seems to tower over his present. His memories of childhood and youth remain sharp, but his recollection of conversations held 20 seconds ago are generally non-existent.  Like Dad, the house is becoming worn out. The electric appliances are outdated, the curtain rail of nearly 40 years had to be replaced by Maureen and I a couple of days ago. Yesterday, his washing machine entered a cycle which would not end.

A beautiful fox uses his garden as a toilet.

Adorning the wall of his downstairs utility room, where the Hotpoint machine wants to spin forever, are framed poems written 22 years ago by our daughters Lauren and Josie.

Lauren composed hers while watching Eric, then 70, asleep after a Sunday roast dinner.


Grandad asleep on the sofa


A silent something spread out over a burgundy sofa

Sometimes small noises come out of its mouth

Striped and motionless,

It grunts, as if dreaming of horrid things

But who knows what things are going on in that still head,

As silent as a ripple in the water

Fists clenching, and sometimes slightly stirring

And still a silent something is spread out over a burgundy sofa

But suddenly eyes open in a split second

Shuffles over on its side and falls asleep again

This time, legs scrunched up and arms outstretched

When will this silent something wake up,

And move from the burgundy sofa?

Who knows?

By Lauren Godier

Aged 10 years




Josie dipped into her young imagination, to produce her own version of Genesis.



The Creation

A sparkly egg was floating in the darkness

It grew and grew and suddenly


The egg fell into two – a God fell out

One half of the egg formed the sun,

The other half formed the moon

Tiny bits of the egg formed stars

His hair made the trees

His teeth made the mountains

His fingers and toes made the people and the children

That is how the world was made

By Josie Godier

Aged 7 years



What a pair of poets. Creating, then preserving time in their snapshots. Very proud.

9 thoughts on “263. Daughter poetry

    1. Not sure how much extra he has in him Ed. He was 92 in January. The Alzheimers and his increasingly enfeebled body are not enough to stop him using the two flights of stairs each day, and shuffling slowly to the newsagents and back. Nonetheless, we – with him – may have to make some big decisions soon.


  1. Well, the little ones seem to have an affinity with words. Wonder where that came from? 🙂

    They’re both really good and, I might add, well beyond where I was writing poetry at that age which seems very simpering and emotional now in retrospect, lol. But the grandpa poem amazed me. 10 years old? “As silent as a ripple in the air” ??
    Love it.

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  2. Wow, both beautiful poems, the second one so insightful for a 7 year old, in fact bloody amazing. I read somewhere (maybe Mark Nepo) how people are destroying the very thing they worship: God. Your daughter clearly saw that God is in fact our world.
    I also found the way you describe your dad’s house so poignant. I see this all the time now, it’s as if people’s homes mirror their lives, slowly breaking down, no longer able to do what they once did. ♥️

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    1. His memory is now worse than when I wrote that Moisy. My brother and I visit on alternate days, do the washing, and make sure he is clothed, fed and watered. It’s actually a huge privilege. We have the most beautiful conversations. ♥️♥️


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