Acceptable (Oxford Dictionary Page 4)

When exactly was it said
that it would be okay
to send them all away with no
promise of return
to families and friends, babies never met.

When exactly was it said
that it would be worthwhile
to go the extra mile with no
promise of return
to home and comfort, their own bed.

When exactly was it said
that it would be alright
to dim their light with no
promise of return
to quiet and calm, yet they beg.

Pink Petals

Step one – admiration.
This is the good one.
When pink petals appear
as blossom,
cold of winter gone,
bringing hope of spring.

Step two – falling.
It can look almost like snow
when wind blows it
and it floats to the ground
not making a sound.

Step three – sitting.
Not much happens here.
They just sort of sit there.
This is when they start
getting walked over a little bit
their beauty fades
to be replaced by younger green.

Step four – disappearing.
Over time, rain and mud
and feet and wind and tyres
wear them to the ground
they degrade
they’re gone
forgotten.

Repeat.

Written in response to https://creativewritingink.co.uk/writing-prompts – Writing Prompt Three

Birthday

Happy Birthday little one
Annual day filled with fun
Look at you now, no tiny bairn
Waiting to grow a year again
Celebrating as your life fleets by –
Don’t you remember that day, oh why
Will you keep growing as we all grow old
Keeping the things that you’ll never be told.
Like how you one dark, dark day became to be,
My whole world and my only priority.