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a couple of stanzas from a longer poem I had published in my school magazine as a teenager way back when. parents never even mentioned it, not even to tell me off for touching on our deeply unhappy home life. typical.


mum and dad are fighting

drive each other nuts

don’t know why they married

hate each other’s guts


perhaps they’ll stay together

for someone else’s sake

but as far as they’re concerned

love was a mistake