‘Starlight Star bright …’
Alison’s body shuddered in a sob and she took a deep breath as she tried to control it.
Gran had said – “Never let the sun set on your tears.”
‘Oh Gran! But how do I stop them?’
“Easy, you distract yourself girl.”
Looking up into the darkening sky Alison looked for the tiny star again,
feint on the edge of the golden sunset.
‘Starlight star bright, first star I see tonight.
Wish I will wish I might, grant this wish I wish tonight’
She closed her eyes tight and thought of Gran’s smiling face.
“Let me grow up as Gran would have wanted me to be, the best I can be,
It’s all she asked for, so it’s all I can hope for.”
As she looked back up to the sky the sun slipped away and the star grew in brightness.
A whisper between my Nan and me
It sucked me straight back to my childhood as soon as I saw it, when aged 10, I sat in my tree crying for the loss of my Nanna and my Daddy and my youth.
Thank you Kathryn for the reminder!