The Writer's Voice
The World's Favourite Literary Website



Rusty Broadspear

I held tight to Johnny's hand as we ran down to the water's edge.

Johnny skipped stones across the lake, I laughed and applauded.

He was 7, a whole year older'n me, cleverer and very strong.

We'd had fun today, we'd behaved as well and were duly rewarded.

I saw Mummy coming towards us carrying dishes of apple pie

Smothered in cream. Johnny's scrumpy favourite and mine too.

Three of us sat on the rocks, munching, wiping chins on sleeves,

While the water tickled the shoreline and a teasing breeze blew.

Mummy brushed my crumpled dress and took the dirty dishes

Back to the car that was parked next to a grand old willow tree.

Sometimes Mummy looked really pretty, she said I was too.

Johnny ran off, told me not to move, said he had to take a pee.

Only thought that word, makes Mummy angry, I have to say whiz,

But when I say whiz, it makes Johnny laugh. Mummy sang a song

Called Let it Be, she said the Beatles sang it, she was so silly sometimes.

Saw myself in the water, shivering, but I was warm, it seemed wrong.

Mummy asked where Johnny was, I said he'd gone off for a whiz

When she'd took the dishes. Mummy looked worried and called his name.

Johnny didn't answer so I pointed to the woods where he'd gone.

She hurt my hand as we ran into the trees, we both yelled, but no one came.

I was crying, Mummy told me to shush, we heard a car start, then drive fast.

She dragged me back to our car, we drove all the way back to the main track.

Never saw the other car and we never saw Johnny, never, not ever again.

Sometimes Mummy takes me back there, we cry and wish we had Johnny back.

Critique this work

Click on the book to leave a comment about this work

All Authors (hi-speed)    All Authors (dialup)    Children    Columnists    Contact    Drama    Fiction    Grammar    Guest Book    Home    Humour    Links    Narratives    Novels    Poems    Published Authors    Reviews    September 11    Short Stories    Teen Writings    Submission Guidelines

Be sure to have a look at our Discussion Forum today to see what's
happening on The World's Favourite Literary Website.