CHRISTMAS 1950



68 years ago my parents were married in a brief ceremony reflecting the austerity of the post war years. Their marriage was a long and happy one and today I remember them both with love and gratitude. 




CHRISTMAS 1950


How young they were,
posed on their wedding day
gloved and suited,
shy beauty illuminating
her austerity grey.

Breakfasted on mushrooms,
honeymooned for an afternoon,
hand in hand wandering
the Science Museum,
cream tea in Lyons Corner.

Sneaking back along the
railway track, to reach their 
dolls house caravan home,
mud splashed through fields,
so as not to be seen.

Hidden away for Christmas,
stain glassed sun casting
sparkling light on paper chains
as pine needles spiked army
blankets on fold down bed.






 © 2018 Jacqueline Knight Cotterill.  All rights reserved. 

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