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A child's tale

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badger11

This is your father, my mum whispers.

Her hand telling me to call him 'dad'.

Tonight I find the dad sprawled across mum's bed.

Like a hairy spider, like a beetle on its back, like a black octupus.

There is no room for me in the sea.

I am too old, my mum whispers -

her voice a sort of sly sound like a snake makes

before swallowing its eggs.

Later, shivering awake, I hear vipers hissing in leaves-

coiling beneath my damp bed.

 

During breakfast the snap, crackle and pop

are muffled in the fly-clotted air.

He is Lord of the Flies.

A blue bottle bloated with sea-dreams.

The knife purrs as mum spreads butter on toast.

This room smells of bacon fat,

pink flesh speckled black,

the egg yolk blotched red, mushrooms buttoned brown,

it's a full English for the dad.

 

Later I play footie for my school tribe -

kitted in amber and black, swarming

like a frenzy of bees.

I wait as a king, the drones do their insect thing-

and as quick as a cobra blinds I strike the ball

to score:

an egg nests in a spider's web.

The dad's face is a crimson moon,

his voice like a squealing hyena,

all the swarm get wind of him

and my mate asks -

is the dad your new dad?

 

After supper I let them be.

I have an early night.

Good night son, they smile

like crocodiles

with sun-hardened skin.

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Benjamin

This is excellent and highly readable work Badge. Unpretentious language and colourful imagery that one can readily associate with a child's perspective. An amusing yet potentially serious tilt at the world of adult relationships and side effects. Benjamin

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badger11

Thank you again Benjamin for your sensitive and insightful response.

 

cheers

 

badge

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tonyv

This is world class writing, Badge. There's not an image or other detail out of place. I'm without additional meaningful comment, as the work speaks indubitably for itself.

 

Tony


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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badger11

Nice of you to say so my friend.

 

And thank you for keeping the forums ticking over too...

 

cheers

 

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