11 thoughts on “When a child

  1. Well, it makes me wonder who the child is or might be, and what exactly is his/her attitude in all three situations. Is it a him or a her? I like the first of them particularly. So, there’s no fire, but there are still shadows on the wall (resonating Plato), and then the child is wise enough to wonder and think one of those shadows “must be me”. There’s a seek of identity. The more I read, the more I care to understand what really is going on there. You might have written this unaware of its complexity (like you said in another comment, another “zanny” thing), but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Sorry, I didn’t mean to extend the comment so much 🙂

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    • Thank you, that’s an amazing insight. all three verses are my own experience; in the fifties, in a council house with a coal fire lit on a grate. Shadows on the wall could be there from a number of causes that I can remember. Going out to play in the hills; I have bad eyesight and I often felt lost, once feeling very alone on a train aged about 5 because I couldn’t see properly. I remember asking perhaps unconsciously these kinds of questions but of course, there were no answers.

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