#100peoplepoems part 68: Albie

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May 21, 2016 by Sez

A late one from yesterday for my nephew.

You play life like chess

Thinking twenty moves ahead

If this then that.

If the worst, then the other.
I see your eyes widen

At a potential risk

In some unchosen future.
You told me once

That people had clouds around them 

And when a stranger’s cloud touched yours

You’d get more and more stressed

Until they went away.
We were walking to the shop

And every step

Made you more anxious.

At last you explained

What seemed so obvious to you.

The woman in the shop

Would know you, 

Wonder where your parents were.

And seeing you with me

Assume I’d kidnapped you

Call the police.

And then I’d be arrested

And it would be your fault.

Because you knew the woman in the shop

But she did not know me

The mixing of the clouds around us

You  predicted would end in disaster.

I reminded you

How much like your mum

People say I look.

They’ll realise I’m your auntie

It will be alright.

It will be alright.

It will be alright.


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