025 – Absence of Childhood

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Absence of Childhood

Hands up if you ever ate something 
From another kid’s tasty school lunch?
Or had stuff of yours taken from you?
All of you?  Well I did have a hunch.

To think that kids don’t share or pilfer?
I admit it, I’m really beguiled
The only way you that could think that?
Never meeting or being a child!

Till now I’d thought that quite unlikely 
I’d presumed them as human as I
But maybe they should be examined?
A Voight-Kampff test? Or study their eyes?

Between you and me, let’s be honest
Were they marked as a species apart
I’d find that much simpler to follow
Than the bilge that they share with their charts.

(c) Michael Gurner – May 2020

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