What I did, when. I guess you could call it a poem...but I think it basically throws up the concept of childhood & limits
When I was one, I completed my smile with teeth. My cheesy grin would shine true.
When I was two, I played in the meadows of Oxford, frolicking through the flowers, happy as can be.
When I was three, I ran through the heather moors of the Highlands, free as an eagle, but slightly smaller.
When I was four, I didn’t want to go to bed.
When I was five, I wanted to be the perfect ballerina.
When I was six, I spent my time dreaming of days to come.
When I was seven, I believed I was a mermaid princess, trapped somehow in this form.
When I was eight, I thought that was all very silly, and so was the colour pink.
When I was nine, I stuck fast with my beliefs.
When I was ten, I realised that there wasn’t a hamster heaven.
When I was eleven, I thought myself ever so grown-up to enter secondary school.
When I was twelve, I stumbled into teenagehood, thinking it rather mean.
When I was thirteen, I felt the pains of an unrequited love gone too far.
When I was fourteen, I feared gaining weight, but now I wonder why I couldn’t see how skinny I was.
When I was fifteen, I fell in love, which made me blind to the abusive side of my lover.
When I was sixteen, I made lots of boys fall in love with me, but none were as good as him…
When I was seventeen, I discovered the roof on the ceiling.
When I was eighteen, I moved to a better house with a higher ceiling.