Granny has dreams about her childhood
Swirling colours in glass balls
Betty plays marbles - loses all
Wands of yellow stars abound
"Mum, may I pick dead marigold heads?"
Floating umber rounds surround
"For sixpence a shoebox-full?"
Twisting swirls, billow into cloud
Orange patterns flicker, leap, and bolt
Betty jumps down
from a tree, screaming
Elizabeth wakes up with a jolt
Remembering flames around her teeming
"I lost my marbles to friend Sue
To replace them, earned a sixpence
That made me proud, but what a fool
I was to spend on cigarettes
Once home I climbed the maple tree
to smoke upon a branch. Very soon I had regrets -
I dropped my match, you see
Some old brown leaves
And fire seized my sleeves
Scorching, burning, I took flight
Landing on the ground"
"No longer do they call me Betty
My proper name's Elizabeth"