Thomas’ Ancestory

Thomas
Thomas

My Ancestory

Family
Living in Scotland
Wind whistling through the air
Waves crashing against the shore
Sea air filling your lungs
The sweetest of smells
Nervous but excited
Moving away
Hull

I looked out for a final time at the waves crashing against the shore. The wind whistled through the morning air. We were moving to Hull today. I was nervous but excited at the same time. How most people feel at the start of a new adventure.

A small tear formed in my eye as I pulled open the car door, with a clang.

Living in Scotland
Moving to Hull
Tears in my eyes
Nervous and excited
Moving for job
Leaving everything known
Leaving everything loved
Leaving everything behind
Get into car
Close the door
Nine years old.

By Thomas Tilney

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Myrtle’s Poems

Myrtle

Myrtle

Three words

Ancestors from Scotland
Wales as well
Was there persecution?
The highland clearances
Lack of work
During the depression
First World War
Killed young men
Injured my father
Burnt in explosion
Shell shocked, hospitalised
With Siegfried Sassoon
Used to sketch – war poets together
None left – alas!
Survived – thanks God

Traveller
Travelling along
Tired of silence
No one understands me
Refugee

Gifts

Talents
God given
Baking, painting, writing
Could I use them
Abroad

Myrtle
Myrtle

Garden in winter
Snowdrops peep through frozen earth
Spring is coming soon

Doors open in Hull
Strangers find comfort in streets
We hope that is true

By Myrtle Craig