of adults

chrome & paint long with fins

we were six or seven

& Paul’s uncle had this car

all chrome & paint long with fins

we’d push open the quarterlight

go sit in it waggling the steering wheel

making vroom vroom noises

as kids do

& the uncle would come out to us

get out of my car you little shits!

but we knew he wasn’t really angry

‘cos he’d throw coins at us to go away

the way Paul told it his uncle was married

but not to the woman who’s house the car was at

Paul was under orders to never say

where when or if he ever saw his uncle

& as a swap we got to sit in his classic car

all chrome & paint long with fins

pretend to drive

life was sweet

even if we never understood the strange rules

of adults

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