MEETING WITH HANNAH 1960

MEETING WITH HANNAH 1960

A Poem by Terry Collett
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A BOY AND GIRL IN LONDON 1960

"



I walk across
to Hannah's flat
in Arrol House
and knock at the door

Mrs Scott opens
the door and stands there
she's a short thin woman
with a face of granite
with a slit
where her mouth is

whit is it?
she says
her Scottish accent
rough as stone

is Hannah home?
I ask

I dunnae kinn
she replies
HANNAH
she bellows
over her shoulder
Benedcit is haur fur ye
she adds
scowling at me

jist coming
Hannah replies
from back in the flat

yoo'll hae tae bide
Mrs Scott says

and walks back inside
leaving me
on the red tiled step

I look into the interior
of the flat
and smell breakfast
having been cooked

I look back
into the Square
kids are playing
near by
on the pram sheds
and over by the wall
girls are doing handstands
their feet
against the wall
dresses falling
over their heads
showing underwear

sorry about Mum
she has a mouth on her
Hannah says
where we going?
she asks

thought we'd go
to the South Bank
see the Thames and boats
and have ice cream
I say

do I need money?
she asks

just about 2/-
I say
for bus fares
and ice cream

I'll ask Mum
for a handout
but wait for the answer

Mum have you 2/-
I can have?
Hannah asks

fa dae ye hink
Ah am Rockerfeller?
nae Ah huvnae
her mother replies

no problem
I say to Hannah
I'll have enough
for us both

are you sure?

yes don't aggravate
your mother more
than you have to

so Hannah gets her coat
and we walk off
through the Square

she's like that sometimes
Hannah says
she's as tight
as a wing nut

we walk down the slope
and up Meadow Row

I ask her how her father is

she says
he's Ok but in
the doghouse more often
as not with Mum
but he's a softy
to Mum's hardness
but Mum says
he's soft in the heed
but he's lovely really
Hannah says

-I know her old man
he's English and a bit
simple after helping
to empty out Belsen camp
in 1945 where some
he told me were
more dead as alive-

we wait at the bus stop
she with her dark hair
pony tailed
with a tartan skirt
and white blouse
and me in blue jeans
and white shirt
and quiff of brown hair
and hazel eyes

she with a budding beauty
with her mother's
touch of tongue
who if roused
could give words
full lung.

© 2015 Terry Collett


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This is delightfully innocent.
So many things reminded me of my own growing up
- red tiles (Buffed with Cardinal red I bet)
- wee girls doing handstands and showing their knickers
and just the basic (outmoded I think) act of 'calling to someones door for them' - all magical details

"Hannah says
she's as tight
as a wing nut " - laughing here Terry - you encapsulated the girls quick wit and rebellious charm here in a sentence. Great stuff.

my type of girl - though I'd have been scared of her but supremely attracted to her.
I really like this one my friend.

Thanks for sharing it.



Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Terry Collett

6 Years Ago

Thank you, ANTO.



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This is delightfully innocent.
So many things reminded me of my own growing up
- red tiles (Buffed with Cardinal red I bet)
- wee girls doing handstands and showing their knickers
and just the basic (outmoded I think) act of 'calling to someones door for them' - all magical details

"Hannah says
she's as tight
as a wing nut " - laughing here Terry - you encapsulated the girls quick wit and rebellious charm here in a sentence. Great stuff.

my type of girl - though I'd have been scared of her but supremely attracted to her.
I really like this one my friend.

Thanks for sharing it.



Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Terry Collett

6 Years Ago

Thank you, ANTO.

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Terry Collett has been writing since 1971 and published on and off since 1972. He has written poems, plays, and short stories. He is married with eight children and eight grandchildren. on January 27t.. more..

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