No leopard print, but lots of overalls and
knitwear and an awful lot of my childhood
spent following her following a long scarf
and a big brown hat. I used to go travelling
through space and time in a phone box.
Soon there was less of this ‘yes doctor no doctor’
less of this bowing to the ichor pure business.
Soon there was my Sarah Jane. Get you, tiger girl.
Myths, legends, fairytales. I saw the furtherest
eldritch reaches of the galaxy before bedtime
I was part of the entourage (though it’s possible
I wasn’t their girl in
I was the tin dog). Then you dropped me back
on earth in my lounge room as theme music
warped my thoughts. How could anything compare?
Everything ends but you came back
every week with new intergalactic battles.
You know what the most difficult thing was?
Coping with what happens next
or what doesn’t happen next.
The credits always roll, the universe has
to move forward. I always had
to go to bed and grow up at some point.
Everything has its time. Whether it’s a
world, or a relationship, or being a kid.
Every story has its inspiration
they define us as much as happiness or love.
Some things are worth getting
your heart broken for.
I need to hear you say it:
there’s nothing ‘only’ about being a girl.
Today's poem is based on suggestions from two peeps:
- @sulphura: "Can we have a tribute to Sarah Jane?"
- @facelikethunder: "Earlier in the day I thought of suggesting the words 'eldritch' and 'ichor'. Use them if you think they'd be appropriate."
Elisabeth Sladen played Doctor Who's companion Sarah Jane Smith in the 70s, some later specials, and again in the new series. She died yesterday aged only 63. She was a big part of a lot of our childhoods - I especially associate her with the Tom Baker years of Doctor Who (he's my favourite original series Doctor). Elisabeth was a lot of people's favourite companion. She was just pretty much kinda wonderful.
Today's poem includes a lot of Sarah Jane quotes (mostly from the new series, but a couple from the original). The title of the poem and final line are quotes from K9.