"Cool Grandad"

Grab the wallet-pocket,
This one's gonna cost!
How many times I've heard that tone,
The sums I've simply lost!

I turned to see that small fresh face
And filled with caution answered him
"Yes Damian?" I faltered,
My voice a little thin.
I wasn't quite prepared
For the next thing that he said,
I thought perhaps a model plane
But what I heard instead was,

"Santa must really love you!"

I nearly dropped what I was holding
In my blank surprise.
Quite un-prepared and curious
I simply asked him "Why?"
I'd forgotten over years
Of how the world appears to boys,..
He cast his wide eyes round my workshop,
"You've got some real cool toys!"

PB 30 March 2004

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