to escape

oh man

they lied about everything

but told themselves out

as speakers of evident truths

always later tomorrow next week

were words they used that never came

people only referred to in whispers

never mentioned gaps in the family tree

tho’ somehow we knew not to ask

for fear of violence to come

there were rules about everything

how to sit not to talk hands by sides

in bed by 7.30 no lights no reading

straight home from school

no parties friends over to play

quiet quiet quiet no noise needed

I learned to read to escape within

if I spoke of these things

I was an angry kid holding a vicious temper

when that was all I knew around me

& if I kept too quiet

I was plotting some rotten thing

which was true

to escape

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