Photograph of Alice with Bubbles

aliceAlice, in her new, red-hooded coat,
late afternoon in spring-and-sunlight garden,
watches bubbles float a hundred rainbows
round her head. And she has endless time

for ants, the shiny scribblings of snails,
the chalky trails of aeroplanes,
and all the bright eternities she finds
in pebbles on the gravel path.

Alice sees the world turn slow.
If she had words, she’d let her Grandma know
this April day will never end.
But Grandma

says the world spins fast,
and bubbles burst. She talks of shadows
racing through the woods; something
out there, knocking at her door.

Annie Fisher

Second prize in Poems Please Me competition 2013 – see with illustrations