for and to Tommy Kelly, 1919-1995
flies to the surface
with long-lasting memories,
playing football in a sepia printed world,
just me and you.
I push the ball with my instep,
back and forward the ball slides.
In the next moment we are having a pint together.
Now your satisfied look has me breaking the rules
for all-day smiles.
We walk home and at the corner
I see you turn and wave goodbye,
happiness never dies.
Tom Kelly’s ninth poetry collection This Small Patch has recently been published and re-printed by Red Squirrel Press who also published his short story collection Behind the Wall.
Tom says of the poem “Happiness is a snapshot of me and dad together and makes me smile.”