Started off in England (with black tights, dark nights and woolly gloves).
Back to Singers landing with that view of tankers from above.
Jonah birthday, beaches, boats, a half term on Sri Lankan lands
(Top to bottom, east and west, curry/train/safari sands).
Leeches on a rice field school trip, jungle treks with family,
Seniors get a brand new building (posh canteen and Supertree).
Malaysia and Rosy lunches, birds, more curry, Dad comes back.
Sally, Lucy, Aunty Annie, Bintan with the condo pack.
Want to know about our trip to China? (Wo xihuan Zhongguo)
Tennis, diving, guiding, writing, swimming, sailing and piano.
Birthdays held on beaches or at Raffles scoffing fat high teas.
Book club wine club choir club football. Farewell parties out at sea.
Within all this a dark thread woven
Little bits of global poison
Nasty patches here and there
Straight to bin, no need to share.
Twentysixteen you have partied til dawn,
Now call for a cab, get your coat and begone.
Deposit your sicknesses, sadness and grief,
Bring on the new year, bring out the new leaf.
Take your B’umps and your T’rexits, your Syrian war
Your crashes, explosions – then please shut the door.