#24/25 ~ Rainfall in Bayswater

 They fell like tiny globules of melted diamond, elongated, translucent yet shining like the sun. They gently stroked the tips of our ears and noses, and pawed our cheeks. Our long-lashed eyes closed and laughter escaped our lips, as we scrunched up our faces and jiggled our shoulders. One pulled the slender branch, the other reached up with pliers. Together, two separate brown-eyed girls, one was a hazelnut the other an almond, cut the mimosa branch.

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 The sky was a moody grey, streaked with black and white like an unfurling badger. Clouds clustered together gossiping and the shy sun hid behind, the last to be picked in the school play.

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Metal chewed at bark, and bit by bit branches were cut loose. The small yellow-brown hand held on tightly, stubby fingers clutched around the gangly limbs of the tree. The other arm, closer to bronze, manipulated the pliers, twisting and turning them. When three whole branches were gathered, they locked eyes, and on a unanimous count let go of the branch.

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 A girlish giggle bubbled up and out just as a shower of diamonds encrusted our hair, our eyes, and bright yellow mimosa flowers shone out against a pale grey sky.

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3 thoughts on “#24/25 ~ Rainfall in Bayswater

  1. adeboye says:

    This is very beautiful. Very. Loved especially: “streaked with black and white like an unfurling badger” and “a shower of diamonds encrusted our hair, our eyes, and bright yellow mimosa flowers shone out against a pale sky”.

  2. adeboye says:

    PS. you will be proud to know your niece’s poem was accepted for publication and short listed for their prize.

  3. Kéhindè says:

    I like that very very much. I want more of her stuff, lots more xxx

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