Tag: childhood

Fruits and Suites

We washed in an avocado-coloured bath -
we had never tasted that foreign fruit
back in nineteen-seventy-two - or three -
we were lucky to get to peel tangerines

It was a plastic suite - uneasily creaking
with our scales of weights of our pre-teen
occasional visits - each darkly recorded . . .

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Competitors

Our house complainsof his heavy feet overhead -

quick as excited heartbeatsbut then still-stopped

to my gone voice in our playof Grandmother's Footsteps

once commanding my sonto fix and freeze under

my quick look - that thrillin his lost childhood - testing . . .

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First Year, 1970

Aged five to school - an unplanned addition -
M. Bell - born into a monochrome 1964 -
just after real sex was bargained by Larkin -

Miss Green - my teacher - wore the latest
fashions - miniskirts and roll-neck tops
with cropped hair and big jewellery -

all co-ordinated above calf-fixed trends
of highly . . .

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