There was no Internet then
phones yet to be mobile – forget smart
in rural areas, calls went to an operator
toll operators knew who phoned who – and why
and who didn’t. And why not.
and expensive – very
my parents said they would call only when certain.
“Congratulations,” said my father
paterfamilias – it was his role to tell me.
Exams passed – I’m officially a graduate.
The farmer said: “ when do you want to finish
it would be useful if you could stay until Christmas.”
Christmas it is.
back at home
in my hometown – my university town. Both.
“ When will you look for a job?” My parents asked
“a real job,” they add.
At the careers office it had all seemed too dreary.
Familiar people –
I wanted something different,
to see and live in another part of the country
then the world.