I Remember

Sunny summer days of sand
And surf at Newport beach
Paddle pops and sticky hands
And nothing out of reach
We’d crowd into the station wagon
Squeals and happy howls
With neighbour’s kids and cossies on
And salty ragged towels

Those memories are with me now
As clear as crystal still
like times when after Sunday school
We climbed the graveyard hill
Seven kids we were back then
Our family ties were strong
Life was free and so were we
And nothing could go wrong

I did my bronze medallion
And I learned to save a life
A thirteen year old boy who now
Could get you out of strife
Though little did I really know
Such things in life are fraught
But when my baby sister drowned
I did what I was taught.

And so I pumped her tiny chest
And filled her lungs with air
But time was not our friend that day
And Jesus didn’t care
They always said that god was there
You didn’t walk alone
But visions of the lonely morgue
Still chill me to the bone

I wonder where my father went
The day my sister died?
Was innocence a victim too,
No matter what we tried?
It’s taken forty years to see
With time and jaded eye
The truth is rarely black and white
And neither is a lie.

© Matthew Penfold 2009

I Remember

Matt Penfold

Joined December 2008

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There are some things that are hard to talk about, even with those closest to you. I’m inspired by others on Redbubble who share some of their deepest darkest and most personal thoughts and emotions and true stories . I guess those snippets serve to help us get to know each other better and may also be cathartic for the teller. I’ve been here for seven months now and thanks to the people I’ve connected with here, I feel like part of the family.

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