Turning Ten

It’s a tip and a tap and a knock at the door;
Rachael’s made for the ballet floor
Now covered with flowers
And calls for more.
It’s a thud and another – did we hear a scream?
It’s Rachael on the trampoline
Now covered with petals
For the gymnasts’ team.
It’s a clip and a clop in the stable yard;
Rachael is opening a birthday card
Now covered with hay
As she works so hard.
It’s a swish and a swosh as we push her high;
Rachael’s aim is to reach the sky
Now covered with leaves
As she says goodbye
To being nine.
April 2011