The English way

full of
children should be seen
& not heard
spare the rod
spoil the child
family hold back
where we wait
until after all else
have eaten
because there is not ever
enough to go round
learning to hold it all in
never let go
give it the 100%
not once
always holding something back
it’s a learned thing
expecting less not more
from bruised times
bleeding
held to a corner
a part
that can never be reached by another
they tell me
the English why?
we can be cold
unfeeling
but if I’ve given all that I can
within these tight
restrictions
where are you?

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