Afterwards – in the times to come she remembered
the toy cupboard.
The fierce dragon guarding the castle.
The swashbuckling wizard carrying a watch to make wishes come true.
The Hussar with the fierce and splendid mustache
riding to the castle
to rescue the princess.
It was always in vain.
Afterwards in the times to come she remembered her sailor doll.
Worn with love.
He sailed away in a beautiful pea green boat.
But he always came back.
The china mouse wore lace and a pink velvet jacket.
He fell in love with the china doll.
She only had eyes for the dashing firemen.
Afterwards, afterwards in the times she remembered.
The fire engine raced to rescue the tumbled soldier.
Her Okasan whispered haiku and
flung words into the sky.
Afterwards, afterwards in the times to come
she remembered Hans.
Hans who Christmas after Christmas
kept the memories together.
Afterwards, afterwards in the years to come
she collected the toys.
Put them in the toy cupboard.
But each Christmas she shared her memories of joy
with the young and the young at heart.