thrown into this

I was born into

thrown into

this

the idea that writing

the arts

were not for us

our kind of folk

we were football people

beer darts

fighting

if we didn’t get our way

& I said sure ok then

when I was little

being bright enough to see

say otherwise

would bring more violence

but I knew from the off

they were wrong

no doubts no fuss

just plain wrong

& I held onto that for my growing years

that didn’t make me strong

but it did make me

peculiar