Friday, 6 May 2011

Kicking the Bar

i.m. HPW, 7 May 1916 – 14 March 1986

Sometimes he would come home in time to run
in the park in his old black track suit, but
more often it was a walk round the block.
With no time it was merely kicking the bar.

The first I would do grudgingly. OK.
The second I might enjoy on a good day.
The last I would gladly take with him.
It was maybe a hundred yards one way,

turn around, a hundred yards the other.
Sometimes it was silent, which was fine.
Sometimes it was How was your day? Fine too.
I liked best when he told me about his day.

But there are never enough OKs
And never enough good days.


Wynn Wheldon

1 comment:

  1. I like it very much.

    Though I've read it a few times now, I still can't picture what 'kicking the bar' actually is. I presume it is a bit of metal near your house. Is it also a traditional Welsh thing?

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