Twenty five years of tristan

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Imagine how you would live your life if you knew how many months you had left to live. This poignant tale told in juts 33 stanzas explores this. 25 Year of Tristan is the 2nd in the One Hundred Years of Ermintrude trilogy.

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Twenty five years of tristan

  1. 1. next written by Tom Evans designed by Jaquetta Trueman This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  2. 2. previous | last viewed | next 309 months left I am Y, I must be a male The calcium ions excite my tail The race is on to get there first My head hits the ovum, the others fared worse This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  3. 3. previous | last viewed | next 308 months left I am here but where am I? Into another life, born to die My soul attaches to my notochord A brand new home, all aboard This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  4. 4. previous | last viewed | next 300 months left Mum would always say I’d be late There was no hurry to get out of ‘the gate’ Down the corridor my voice could be heard On my own now that they cut our cord This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  5. 5. previous | last viewed | next 287 months left I was on my dad’s back, in a papoose When out of my mouth I said “Loose” My mother cried all the way down the hill My big sister thought it was “brill” This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  6. 6. previous | last viewed | next 297 months left I’m in bed early, what have I done? All I know is I got a smack on my bum “You can’t blame him for the mess you make” Didn’t know then it was Dad’s favourite tape This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  7. 7. previous | last viewed | next 266 months left Lucy reads me to sleep at night I cry if she doesn’t leave on the light Left on my own with no-one to play Can’t wait for her to come home each day This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  8. 8. previous | last viewed | next 255 months left At school at last with loads of new friends I like drawing and playing ‘pretend’ Each day though I’m last at the gate Hate it when Mummy’s always so late? This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  9. 9. previous | last viewed | next 237 months left “Come down Tristan there’s someone to meet” I shake Martin’s hand, his daughter looks neat Mum’s looking so happy, this makes me glad I wonder when I’ll next see my Dad This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  10. 10. previous | last viewed | next 229 months left Weekends now are not much fun Lucy and Pat leave me on my own The boys in the Close won’t let me play I’ll get my own back on them one day This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  11. 11. previous | last viewed | next 212 months left For my reading all I got was an F But I beat the best in the school at chess My teacher thinks I’m being lazy Lucy says “You’re just plain crazy” This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  12. 12. previous | last viewed | next 197 months left Every afternoon they’d follow me home “I wish you would just leave me alone” I turned to run but didn’t get too far I now know what they mean about “seeing stars” This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  13. 13. previous | last viewed | next 188 months left I got my orange belt in less than a year I’d now walk home without any fears Everyone wanted to become my mate My school reports still weren’t that great This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  14. 14. previous | last viewed | next 174 months left “He started it, he called me thick” I’d floored him with a single kick “I’m sorry but he’ll have to go” Getting expelled was a bit of a blow This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  15. 15. previous | last viewed | next 166 months left “It did me no harm” Martin had said “But I won’t be able to tuck him in bed” “It’ll make him a man and nobody’s fool” I cried all the way to my boarding school This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  16. 16. previous | last viewed | next 150 months left I never thought I’d hate to go home Such a brilliant place my school had become My results however still weren’t that grand At least I’d become the drummer in a band This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  17. 17. previous | last viewed | next 143 months left That summer we were the stars of the show Playing three encores at the school disco Two local girls schools had made the trip First time ever I got kissed on the lips This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  18. 18. previous | last viewed | next 126 months left The head told my Mum “It can be so hard to spot” I been struggling so much because of what I’d got “Now we can really help make him tick” They’d found out that I was pretty dyslexic This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  19. 19. previous | last viewed | next 112 months left So much revision, exams one week away “Granny would be happier if you were to stay” The ink on my essay ran ’cos I cried I really felt a part of me had died This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  20. 20. previous | last viewed | next 110 months left Pinning results on the wall is just so cruel What a way to be exposed as a fool There was my name, right at the bottom They know how to make you really feel rotten This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  21. 21. previous | last viewed | next 108 months left This must be my worst ever summer Lucy’s off travelling which is a real bummer “You’ll have to help pay for your re-sits” Getting a job was a prerequisite This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  22. 22. previous | last viewed | next 96 months left I knew he was trouble, Pete’s elder brother We never knew how he supplied one spliff after another That night we were caught by the “short and curlies” Dreading telling Martin why I was “sent home early” This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  23. 23. previous | last viewed | next 84 months left The days are a drag for a 17 year old in limbo No school or a job and with pubs all no-go My 18th birthday though was just sublime Got off my face on vodka and lime This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  24. 24. previous | last viewed | next 80 months left Weird being seen drinking with your step-dad Some of those nights, what fun we had Surprised that Martin turned out not so square Came up with my new career then and there This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  25. 25. previous | last viewed | next 78 months left It’s so funny how the tables can turn By helping others in need, you really learn No fault of their own, these kids lives had been wrecked I became a youth leader and was bathed in respect This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  26. 26. previous | last viewed | next 72 months left My 19th birthday was complete delirium In a bar playing guitar, a goddess called Miriam Dark flowing hair and a voice of a dove Instantly knew she would be my first true love This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  27. 27. previous | last viewed | next 56 months left You can tell much from a voice at the end of a phone Our love was dwindling, I could just tell by her tone Even her ‘texts’ were short and not at all sweet Mine used all 160 characters, I tried to be upbeat This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  28. 28. previous | last viewed | next 42 months left A New Year brings new opportunity A trip to Africa for my kids and me We spent the first night round the camp fire Played drums with André, he was simply inspired This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  29. 29. previous | last viewed | next 27 months left Something felt wrong that fateful night Knew some of the boys were packing a knife Didn’t take long to break the fight up Only found out after that I’d been cut This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  30. 30. previous | last viewed | next 24 months left Three months of waiting to find if I’m condemned Night upon sleepless night without end By the end of tomorrow, I’ll learn my fate If I have got AIDS, how long to wait? This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  31. 31. previous | last viewed | next 17 months left Out on the town again, feeling much bolder Was surprised to bed a woman that much older She certainly taught me a thing or three I hope I get used to calling her Daphne This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  32. 32. previous | last viewed | next 12 weeks left I knew it would have to come to an end Why did she tell her husband about Tristan ‘her friend’ “I’ll always remember our times together” I guess having an affair’s just not that clever This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  33. 33. previous | last viewed | next 8 weeks left Getting used again to being single I’ve found a younger crowd with which to mingle Back in a band now and feeling free Even enrolled at college to study IT This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.
  34. 34. previous | last viewed | next No weeks left “You can’t spend your birthday stuck in your bed.” “Come over our place,” Lucy had said. From behind the van came the girl with ice cream The last thought through my mind was hitting the screen This is a Wake the Tiger publication. Words © Tom Evans, 2006. Design © Jaquetta Trueman, 2006.

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