Valley shouts and rocky stumbles,
Echoes of a youthful tune,
Dance within an altered child
Born in frost, but changed by June.
Rowdy nights of sleepless riot
Prepped us for eventful days;
Consequence was our puppet,
Fabrication was our clay.
Hills of dewy poison berries
Shooting sun-flecks through a window,
Framing tempted Emily.
Often blistered by her boldness,
Fire’s child craved the flame;
Quirky, weird, and effervescent,
Emma cried and felt no shame.
Gifted charm beguiled silence
Into laughter; warm and free;
Flowing through the hazy sunshine;
Innocence soon settled firmly
In the soul of little Mell,
Quaint and doll-like, our treasure,
With compassion cast her spell.
A dainty product of an era
Typified by crime and vice,
An angel child borrowed briefly
From the heavens, without price.
With empathetic selflessness
Displayed in youth’s naivety,
Mellisa gave and gave some more,
Conductor of a symphony
Of boys and growth and soul and zest,
Amanda blazed through everything;
With ardent favour she was blest.
A careless queen; a dancing flirt;
A social tune sung without rift;
Her walls enshrined a sunny life
Of large delight in minor gifts.
She’d challenge rules persistently,
Her cunning wit and kind conduct
Soon captivated family.
Model to a motley bunch
Of children wrapped in her old clothes,
Lu Lu’s weighty influence was
Contravened by dainty toes.
Slight and sharp, her admonitions
Summoned blithely triggered taunts,
From vexatious, watchful children;
Unaware of adult wants.
Lu Lu was a wild enigma,
Just like her we wished to be,
Plainness envied beauty’s knack for
Undiluted by our judgement,
Little David never grew,
In our household’s cherished memory
He was seven; he was two.
He was bike rides through the valley
Shared by callused hands and feet;
He was yummy Toaster Strudels;
Crispy clothes and clinging sheets.
David lived within our footprints ...
He was nothing; he was all.
Subject to our captivation,
We regressed and learned to crawl.
Me? I’m just a kid with crayons,
Sketching scarlet cows in skies,
Aimless then and aimless often,
Preaching love to passersby.