Who is on the plum tree?
…And Pa said, “Bellamy is a magician.
Showing us change and transformation.”
And Rosie said, “That’s a very big word.
That word is a word that I’ve never heard.”
“It means from a-this,” said Pa, “to a-that;
When a thing changes shape from a round to a flat.
Or a thin to a fat, or a big to a small,
Or a wet to a dry, or a low to a tall.
And Bellamy’s clever at making the switch.”
And Rosie asked Pa, “Is he like a witch ~
Changing snails into horses and frogs into bats,
And dragons to princes and toads into cats?”
And Bellamy flew on his butterfly way.
“Don’t go,” said Rosie, “I’d like you to stay.”
And Bellamy said, as he fluttered away,
“There’ll be no frogs or princes today.
My magic is simple ~ with no cats for me ~
I begin as an egg on a leaf on a tree.”
(c) Niamh Clune 2013