Hard to imagine

My mother has great hair
It falls over the back of her

Which scares kids
Her wheelchair
Not her hair

Except in the morning
Her bed hair
Would scare

The kids ask me why she has
A wheelchair

I say she has bed hair
In the morning

The next day at dinner
My mom smiles at me over the paper
She leans over in her wheelchair
And kisses me

It’s hard to imagine it ever looks bad
Her hair
It’s hard to imagine people find it scary
Her wheelchair

Copyright 2007 Ruth Harrigan

2 responses to “Hard to imagine

  1. Dear Ruth Harrigan,

    I am writing on behalf of Cengage Learning Australia, we are an educational publisher hoping to reproduce your above peom, ‘Hard to Imagine’ in our upcoming literacy series for kids called Nelson Literacy Development. Pending your approval, could you please advise of your fees and conditions?

    Our publication details are as follows: we are proposing to publish the poems as part of a series of cards. The cards have four sides and are illustrated. There is six copies of each card sold in a pack, and there are 27 cards in each pack.

    Title: Poetic License – Graphic Poetry Years 3 & 4 (Nelson Literacy Development card series)
    Print run: 20,000
    Distribution and rights required: World, all languages
    Publication date: February 2009

    If you have any questions regarding this question, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to discuss the details further. My enquiry is rather urgent, as we need are at development stage, so it would be great to know as soon as possible whether our request is possible and the cost involved.

    Thank you in anticipation for your help, I look forward to your reply.
    Kind Regards,

  2. Loie

    awesome! I love it!

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