Aunt in a million

Beset by broken elbow, broken hip
From Littlehampton’s last unlucky slip
May never made it to Millennium Day;
Halfway through March her heart just ebbed away.
The last few months her health was ill
So she was well content to join Phil.

Our memories of May are of her happier days –
Edgware, with Phil and girls and Chum
And rollicking on the floor for wartime fun
With Het and Co – and then the Standard car
With trips to Rustington and near and far;
The house beside the sea in Mariners’ Walk
And spacious Sunwood – homes alive with talk –
Just as at Rackham Road where she held court
With Doris and a dozen friends a day,
Dispensing cakes and coffee at Cafe May
With open door and smile and open heart.
Her role as Red Cross boss was just a start;
With ‘phone in hand she worked for others’ good
And solved the problems of the neighbourhood
Along with all her crossword puzzle clues…

Today she’d not want us to sing the blues.
We’re sad she didn’t make Millennium May
But memories will last for many a day.

14 March 2000

Thirty-nine steps

At first John Buchan had a hand in this
But multi-layered meanings make for bliss:
Two sellers, one of houses, one of cars;
A publican, controlling several bars;
An architect in training – ‘tect’ seems apt;
An educationist in lifelong learning wrapped.
These five make up the steps of Rod and Line
So ‘Steps’ just fits our thirty-nine…

Now Jon and Lance, Dan, Caroline and Nic
Can all feel good about the name we pick
And as they trace each skilful chiselled line
Think “this one’s me” and treat the poet to wine…

Bedford, 2000