Friday, December 14, 2012

Missing the match in McDonald’s

Child abuse allegations soar in wake of Savile scandal
Telegraph, 14 December 2012

The kids leave half what he bought them
he forgot to hold the lettuce and pickle again
they doodle with fries in ketchup spills
and form conspiracies like wilful girls will

they have learned well from their mother
how deep they can cut him before he bleeds
he won’t open his novel as much as he wishes
he could pick up where he left off

no time is more lonely than at the weekend
strangers stare is if they can’t be seen
men tell themselves it won’t happen to them
women stop speaking if he raises his hand
he knows that they too are thinking
ahead to bath time and goodnight kisses.

(c) 2012 Slush Poet

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