6- things people say
“I have forced myself to contradict myself
In order to avoid conforming to my own tastes.”
― Marcel Duchamp
things people say
“it’ll all come out in the wash” they say
but it won’t
not if life is like laundry.
navy blue school pinafore dress, mixed with whites
means grubby socks and dull shirts
mortally wounding the very soul
of the youngest child.
“you have to be cruel to be kind”
sterilised with the cool blue centre
of a Swan Vestas match,
digs softly into eldest child’s pain-flushed young foot
defiiantly walked on kitchen floor
against parental advice.
needle rolls and finds glass shard.
needle digs and removes,
by a father’s compassionate hand,
“an apple never falls far from the tree”
She only ever planted
one small weeping willow,
but gave birth to one sport
always most at home in the garden.
Or to be more accurate, on the allotment.
In place of blousy blood-shot dahlias
or foliage with triple-latin names,
the middle daughter boasts
of sunday roast with five home-grown veg.
see another response to the prompt here