8 OVERTON DRIVE
First published in June 2021
Not an address
I often think about these days, but one
I'll never forget. A red sandstone semi,
Grandpa's garden, rigid rows of geraniums, blue
lobelia, white alyssum.
The stolid house stood
opposite the park,
where in summer we heard the pit-pat of tennis
balls, played tea-parties in the porch to strains of
'The Laughing Policeman' on Grandpa's gramophone.
Then there it is, large
as life, Overton Drive on tv - the park now a leading light
in community allotments worthy of prime-time coverage -
behind it, that familiar house, porch, high hedge, green gate.
'Look - my Grandma's house!'