Friday Poem: Walking To The Shops

I have just a few more days left in Canberra before I have to go home to Victoria – a few more days to enjoy hanging out with Juniper, now aged 21 months. “The shops” are just 10 minutes walk away from her house, via one of Canberra’s excellent walking tracks…well, it’s 10 minutes without a toddler enjoying the adventure…IMG_5103 (Large)

Along a walking track
a toddler can run free,
away from any passing
BUS! CAR! BLUE CAR!
In the blue sky
a lunar sliver –
MOON! BALL!
Behind a fence, a dog is barking –
BOW WOW! BIRD!
Along the way
a playground –
SWING! SIT HERE!
After some playtime,
persuade her to move on.

This is by far the slowest
I have ever been on this walk.

OH WOW!
I’ll buy you a cuppa –
OH WOW!
A MAN! A BIKE!
(immoderate laughing – bikes are hilarious).

Beside the grassy path
a tall metal pole with lights.
OH WOW!
She circles the base,
Hugs the cold column –
OH WOW!
There are more
around the playing fields –
MORE! FOUR!
FOUR! FOUR! FOUR! FOUR!
The world is an amazing place.
OH WOW!

Almost every morning has been frosty, followed by glorious sunshine and blue skies, perfect for a walk through parkland dotted with trees and playgrounds and populated by birds of several species. And at the end of the walk, a choice of cafes for a nice warm soy babychino.