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I used to sit behind her at school
She was pale with a pigtail
I used to count her vertebrae,
Numbered the lines of the darn
In her well-worn dress,
She was thin, undernourished.

She asked me one day
Would I go for walk with her?
Grandma Moran said to say no,
‘She’s far too bold, I tell ye,
I know the Callahan’s.
You’ll be giving her a wide berth now.
Heavens above! You’re no more than twelve.’
But how could I refuse.

By the waterside we wandered
Where the elder blossom hung heavy.
‘Til we came to the weir where we turned
And walked in innocence while she told me
Things she had could tell to no one else.
There was no one else she would trust.

‘Mi dad’s in the army.
Away in the war. Mam’s upset,
‘cause we’ve got no money’.

Ten years later when I met her again
She didn’t know me nor anyone else,
Her eyes, black tarns where only sorrows lived,
Gazed only into an empty pram.
Ah, You mean Lizzie Garret
Lizzie Callahan that was.
Lost her baby. Lost her mind.
So they told me when I enquired.
But I remember Lizzie Callahan
And sweet elder blossom.
I was standing at the bus stop. Two middle aged dogs walked past me side by side, quiet and purposeful, female Jack Russell terriers, no collars, no jackets, no lead. A couple of nice old girls.
They stopped three feet away, sat down and looked down the street in the direction that the bus would come from. The young fellow, who owns them, Tim, a joiner on his way to work, followed shortly.
We began a dog-centred conversation from which it emerged they were sisters from the same litter. Remarkably, for such a well-behaved pair, I learned that neither had ever worn a collar. Tim was taking them to grandma’s (his mother’s) for the day, as he did every day, while he went to work. They love it there, he told me.
I liked the man, about thirty and in his working clothes, stout boots, knapsack and with a saw strapped across his back, he made me think of a mediaeval journeyman.
The dogs were a canny pair. Every now and then they would lean forward, from a sitting place carefully selected for the purpose, and peep round the corner of the bus shelter to see if the bus was coming.
When it did they continued to sit while Tim got on. While he paid the driver they went off into the bus and looked in every seat and walked past until they found an unoccupied double seat at which point they jumped on it. Tim followed.
Amazing and lovable but that’s not all. The Barton bus has buzzers for passengers to tell the driver they want the next stop. Bet you thought I was going to tell you that they pressed the buzzer. No, but long before any passenger pressed the buzzer, the sisters got up and sat by the door., swaying together with the momentum of the bus.
On alighting they stood on the pavement, looked up at Tim and waited for him to get off.  
I smiled all day.
Hog blog
Eight of the hedgehogs got through the winter hibernation. Elizabeth has released seven into some woodland thought to be free of badgers (hedgehog main predator). The one not released has ringworm which my daughter is treating.
Hog blog
Eight of the hedgehogs got through the winter hibernation. Elizabeth has released seven into some woodland thought to be free of badgers (hedgehog main predator). The one not released has ringworm which my daughter is treating.


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Harry Wells
United Kingdom
Current Residence: England
Favourite genre of music: Bluegrass
MP3 player of choice: Ipod
Personal Quote: Ascertain much, assume little.



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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016   Artisan Crafter
Nice work on your latest collaboration with Snazzie-D! 
aldwarke Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Thanks, nice of you to say so.
SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016   Artisan Crafter
Emoticon: Bow Your very welcome! :) (Smile) 
The-Pagan-Gallery Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have not seen you around much lately. Are you okay?
NocturneJewel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
Happy Birthday Harry! :party: I hope you have a wonderful day! Chapeau by Digithalie  

Pray for your happiness. by LOVEMAYU                                             HappyBirthday JO by KmyGraphic  
SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Party Happy Birthday, Harry! Green Dragon
LindArtz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Happy Birthday! :party: Cake for your BDay by KmyGraphic Celebration by Mirz123
themaninroomfive Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday!
Delice1941 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Violets by LOVEMAYU

Dear Harry, just popped in to wish you birthday greetings. 
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