shine

dreaming of my grandma
and mam
baking in the kitchen

I asked where brother number 4 was
“he’s taking number 2 swimming”
said my mam

“but how can the younger one
take the older one?”
I asked

“haven’t you heard?
the families turned
upside down
now the younger
looks after the older”

“but I’m the youngest
how can I look after
everyone?”

grandma looks up
and says
“all you have to do

is shine!”

Grandma Carroll

song ‘shine’ on album Mantrasphere