the torn blue sheets we put in layers on the floor

and set blue bowls and plates on it

(including willow pattern)

and we put on blue clothes

dresses and jeans and blouses and ribbons and we put on

pale blue nail polish

when Mum came in at the end of the day she just said


and we tidied it up in about half an hour and now I wish we'd taken a photograph

because no one would believe us