bled satchels

gasp at the gate

lungs won’t take further,

this stitch hurts hellish

the world bent over

at least monday is

shoved, and that

ritual of being chased


tuesday tho’, crashed,

caught by the uniform and

pummelled against railings,

insignias of bruises shan’t last

which way safely tomorrow?

be it elbowed behind the

back? or if minutes are sadistic,

stripped and excruciated

over into pen-nib-scratches

brambles sharp as hooligans

by the railway line where

freight is too tired to trundle

smothers keen and quick,

ridicule tho’ severe was

completed, had the defeated

sprawled like a dead kitten

i’m pee soaked y-fronts

and grunted with that

metallic taste among spit

humiliation certainly at its limit

quite slain and grass stained

scruffy as a corpse not found

for a week, there’s glass beneath

where i dare not uncurl from

there isn’t lucky but misfortune,

before the bell cowers and the

dash homewards considers, “which

plight shall be unobserved stealth?”

“which lane should be fled down?”

assured dusk will hide you but

dusk often lies, prey will always be sought

to do another’s homework

home is where fearful grows

insipid and doubting, these

teenage years often grenades

and glands, fast oils happening

succinct and cruel as a headline

the mirror is slick with laughter

knowing difference will be picked

on, hatred always likes nudging

as sure as rats in their congenital

sewers, sons are about like

magpies, mobile phones sharp

as cleavers

copied to a voyeuristic population

post its spiteful degradation,

why can’t this curse point

elsewhere or not at all?

it’s murder by tiny slices

that uncomfortable bite,

why is unnecessary torture

gleeful? some still have the

boot marks to prove it,

still that shivers alienation

and not quite fitted to be

ordinarily dull

so do not bluster that those

damned days were inherent

kindness and lenient, it

was hellish and not the route

to be better sorted, i’m now

lacklustre and thwarted,

audacious predators thieved

devoured the only time i had

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