by Catherine Johnson, @CatherinePoet
Did the milkman bring his breakfast?
Is Aunt Marjory in town?
Did a thousand passing elephants
knock a pear tree upside down?
I’m as curious as ever
why there’s pears upon the road.
Did a lorry charging by
swerve and spill its fruity load?
I will sit right here and eat them
till this mystery is through.
I’ll be sick as mum’s fruit pudding
’cause I haven’t got a clue.
Catherine Johnson, 2012.
Inspired by true events, there were pears all over our road and it took me a few days to notice the pear tree in a neighbour’s garden. So observant but I prefered my swerving lorry version for dramatic effect
Any true events down your neighbourhoods to get the writerly juices flowing?