Early Lessons

Some say
not me
It was easier

Me
I say it was shit
and I knew it

Poor
huddled against a road
backing onto a field

Of wetness
with a bitterness
of divined faith

Footballs rising
in the summer air
like inflatable moons

Ten thirty
and still light
tonight no different

Lower
expectations in life
and death

So as
not to be hurt
by either

 

poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2013

 

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2 comments on “Early Lessons

  1. Not to to be hurt by eathert good plan.

  2. Alison says:

    The pain of this is that it could have been beautiful. The light summer evenings, the footballs ‘like inflatable moons..’ these details could belong to a happy evocation.But they don’t – and that’s the point isn’t it. When life gets spoiled at an early age, we learn to keep our expectations low.

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