Sunday, July 22, 2012

Look, Mummy, no hands


Remember the fair, Ma
The two of us there, Ma
By the merry-go-round?
I stood there entranced
As the bright horses danced
To a magical sound;
Just a dollar for pleasure untold:
And I rode in a whirl of scarlet and gold;

Look, Mummy, no hands;
I'm riding the roundabout all by myself;
Look, Mummy, no hands;
I called as I passed her,
Faster and faster;
"Hold on tight, darling!" she called out in fear;
But I laughed and pretended that I couldn't hear;
How careless we are when we're young.....

Remember the years
Of the sulks and the tears?
Do you recall?
I hated you when
You said "Be back by ten,"
I knew it all;
Always asking to know what I'd done;
When as far as I knew, I was just having fun;

Look, Mummy, no hands;
I know how to take good care of myself;
Look, Mummy, no hands;
Please don't be a bore,
'Cause I know the score;
She tried to warn me, but I wouldn't heed her;
I was grown up, I didn't need her;
How careless we are when we're young.....

Remember the daughter 
And all that you taught her?
She's grown up at last;
With a child of her own 
She struggles alone
As the years all rush past;
But now you're not there to answer her calls;
You're not there to catch her as she stumbles 
and falls;

Look, Mummy, no hands;
I'm having to do it all by myself;
Look, Mummy, no hands;
I used to dismiss you,
Now I just miss you;
As my child grows away from me, I feel my
heart sinking;
Then I look back and smile, and I find 
myself thinking
How careless we are when we're young.....

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