Snow when she was younger
screaming, running, laughing
men with carrot noses
and tattered old grey coats.
Dragging her feet to school each day
ignoring the teachings, talking to friends
Homework exams and late night with coffee
the saying goodbye when it ended
First job interview
Tapping her fingers tapping her feet
voice shaking, gaining confidence
a smile when they said 'well done'
First love on a summers day
warm cheeks, sly smiles
the day she gained a golden ring
the day he moved in.
Years of love and marriage
their first child, of sleepless nights
first day of school, first argument
first parents evening, first holiday.
sitting round a table
with her friends and family both
as they smiled, blinked their eyes
and said a small goodbye.
blinking, photo album in her hands
then the sound of sirens
not knowing where they were from
the table fading from her gaze.
Crash, the sound of screaming
crying child, her eyes unopened
warmth of fire then the warmth of voice
then the cold of nothing at all
life flashes in your eyes before death
And she knew what she remembered
was an unfinished life
fading before her eyes.