Mrs Tight Lips

Mrs Tight Lips

by Elizabeth Challinor

Forget what Mrs Tight Lips

said at school

You are no fool

You are a full time artist

And you do know how to paint

We paint all the time

With the brushes of our mind

A thick heavy stroke

For fun

Or when we know

We are sure

More is good

Delicate lines

Other times

To tiptoe

Carefully around

the hesitant contour

Of our jigsaw lives

Bold splashes of paint

To celebrate

Blotches to forget

Obliterate the pain

And a brave new sheet

To start all over again

And as for Mrs Tight Lips

Didn't you know?

Well

She retired years ago

They say she took up tango!

Elizabeth Challinor