‘We don’t want to go’ was our constant cry.
But, with age and wisdom on their side,
our parents had the final word.
Dad had a job he was eager to start.
He went first, nearly breaking my heart.
Six months I had without his smile.
From London to Thetford we had to go,
our goods packed up, the move such a blow –
not wanting to leave all we knew.
Now dad makes Thermos flasks for a living,
he works so hard, is almost driven,
and he comes home with melted soles.
But time moves on, and we changed our thinking.
Better schools – and the house we live in –
now we call this place our home.
Written 2009. Published in Poetry.com, 2013.