Mrs Amps

They said you were mad

Named of current

I sniffed the in-sensed temples

Of ECT

And you saw something too in me

You thought us all profound


Earwigging our chatter:

‘I have found infinity

It’s between two mirrors!’

‘It’s green’

‘Well maybe green is the colour of infinity’

‘No green is the colour of the blackboard’


You chalked up this ‘eureka!’

On the rotating blackboard

Circling all term

With English oratory

and the wisdoms of history


You squawked

In delight

Each time it reappeared

Like a budgie when

Dried cuttlefish is near


Thankyou for

Cradling our expiring innocence

In your heartful gaze

As begun

The hormone haze

That consumed

Our invisibility

And freedom

As our faces

Sprouted sebum

Our tits tottered like turret tops

Our juddering bleeds

Started as yours stopped


For one last summer

You bid us frolic

Before puberty’s

Catastrophic

Gobbling of

unguarded enthusiasm

Before faux nonchalance

Came in cringing spasms


We shunned you then

And gossiped cruel

But you were the best

Being in that school

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