Blog – Treated Walls Care For Me

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I found myself staring at this photo this morning. It captures Poppy’s energy and zest so well. I remember taking it so clearly. Earlier in the week I had been to Southgate Auctions and bought Poppy this wonderful American Chopper bike with it’s purple fabric saddle, and I’d bought Cosmo a great red electric guitar which reminded me of Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice) ‘Burns’ guitar.

By this time, Karen, Poppy’s mother was very ill and I used to get up very early each morning to take her dog Ollie for a walk in the park so that he was reasonably rested and that Karen didn’t need to worry. This was a school morning at around 7:00am and Poppy came trialling her new bike with me in Bush Hill Park. It was July 2010 and at this time I worried about the children and how I was going to make a life for them without their mother. It never occurred to me that they would be in any danger apart from suffering the immense heartbreak of losing their mother.

I’ve been playing James Blake all the time. Cosmo and I know it’s for Poppy but don’t mention that fact. But it has such beautiful emotional depth and sums up our terrible heartbreak and yet the beauty of having a wonderful sister and daughter such as Poppy.

Unluck – James Blake
Treated walls
care for me
When crossings call out
one of three

Only child take good care
I wouldn’t like you
playing, falling there