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In his green anorak With a red bobble hat He was sat in the midday sun He was looking so glum Our dear teenage son Such a look on his face For the last place on earth He wanted to be Was a beach in the sun With his Dad and his Mum Our annual hols were just us three On the beloved Island of Jersey A trip replicated many times before 'Twas our favourite Island Our special place A place we came to adore On previous stays our darling boy Anticipation high as we took to the sky He was boisterous and bursting with energy Having bucket loads of fun ~ it was just us three Overnight what on earth had occurred Changing his personality so radically He had always loved the sea and the sun As he swam and he laughed having so much fun It was just like a magical wand had been waved Whilst our happy-go-lucky boy slept This boy who had woken was not our son For a while and unbeknown to him We named him Damien the moodiest Alien He hardly spoke His head held low The occasional grunt He would on us bestow But then of course He’d just turned thirteen The dreaded hormones were kicking in… This image came to mind only recently It had always made me smile But sadly my son is no longer here He was taken so suddenly in October last year No warning at all aged just 49 years Since he has gone I’ve shed so many tears But recently whilst reminiscing a while Remembering that day it brought back my smile That day on the beach Getting hotter and hotter Refusing to move Refusing to talk Too cool to be seen With his Ma and his Da In his red bobble hat And his green anorak ~~~ Over the years we three laughed out loud at that…
Written 17th November 2020 Contest COMPLETELY YOUR CHOICE 46 Sponsor Brian Strand 10th place

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Date: 1/21/2021 4:54:00 AM
Congrats on your winner. Sara
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Date: 11/18/2020 3:54:00 AM
Unfortunately I never visited Jersey. However I loved your poem. ~~
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 11/20/2020 8:47:00 AM
Thanks Victor ~ yes Jersey and Guernsey are lovely islands in fact all the Channel Islands are beautiful. There is something rather romantic about an island, don't you think? We were always drawn to them and having also visited Malta and Madeira, the Scillies and Canaries to name but just a few, I guess you could say we loved them haha... Kindest thoughts Ann
Date: 11/17/2020 6:45:00 AM
Happy memories Ann, so funny, but teens are like that, our three daughters were the same. To be out with mom and dad would dent their street cred lol. But as they get older they're no longer ashamed to be seen with us. Tom
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 11/17/2020 2:25:00 PM
Hahaha that is so true Tom but as they get older they cannot believe they ever behaved like that, bless them... Thank you for your support Tom and I hope you are keeping safe and well my friend. With kindest thoughts Ann xx