Saturday, November 14, 2015

26 Children's Winters

This week I got the chance to visit my objects and sestude* (titled "Goodnight") in the 26 Children's Winters exhibition at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh -

Winter - Keeping Warm - Bedtime

Objects:  Copper Warming Pan 1900s, Teddy Bear Pyjama Case 1970s, Hand Knitted Wool Hot Water Bottle Cover 1970s


and then


you run
     from the comfort of hug and hearth
     across chilly bedroom floors

you leap

and snuggle
     a fledgling
     in a downy nest

warmed by
     coppers full of embers
     the colour of firelight
     the scent of heat on sheets

     hot water bottles
     slurping inside their covers

     a plush bear clutched tight
     one eye watching out
     for pyjama thieves

(And we've just got news that there will be funding for a booklet - I'll let you know more about that later!)

* a sestude is a 62 word response


At 9:44 AM, Blogger Susan Price said...


At 2:25 AM, Blogger Sue Purkiss said...

Lovely - and oh, I remember that dash from a freezing bedroom to a slightly less freezing bedroom!

At 2:26 AM, Blogger Sue Purkiss said...

I meant 'to a slightly less freezing bathroom'. Sorry!

At 3:00 AM, Blogger Mavis said...

Definitely brings it all back - love the slurp of the hot water bottle. Love the arrangement of artefacts too.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Maureen said...

What a perfect poem! Hooray for the poet and the beautiful array of things.

At 7:15 AM, Blogger madwippitt said...

Perfect, perfect, perfect - you are so good at capturing these moments! Love the way these are all displayed too :-)


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