I feel the terrible news today cannot be ignored. This beautiful and poignant poem is written by writing friend Helen Laycock.
I don’t like pink or sparkly bling
or crowns and coronets or rings
or taffeta, or lace or silk
or sweet and frothy strawberry milk.
I don’t like lipstick, scent or soap
or notes in floral envelopes
or fairies, wands and glittered wings;
I’m just not into girlie things!
I like spiders, beetles, bugs,
hearty pats, not feeble hugs.
I like to climb and scrape my knees.
I’m not afraid of wasps and bees.
I like the space to say my piece,
to learn mechanics, smeared with grease.
I want to make things, find out more…
dice with danger, win, explore.
Please let me have the freedom
to take which parts I choose;
the world’s a gift to all of us
to cherish and to use.
© Helen Laycock
If you’d like to see what else Helen writes, here is a link to her website.