Mum

i remember when you

fed me frosties

at the big table.

you flew the spoon in

like a jumbo jet.

 

i remember when you

smacked me at the fruit shop.

everyone saw before i pulled

my pants back up.

 

i remember when you

helped me bury milo

in the backyard.

you squeezed my hand

till it turned numb and white. 

 

i remember when you

locked me up

and forgot.

dad’s face when he saw

i turned his cupboard

into a toilet.

 

i remember when you

screamed at mr bain

for caning my hand.

never seen a man

so short so fast.

 

i remember when you

made me walk home

in the sick heat.

you took my shoes

before driving off.

 

i remember when you

lied to phoebe

that you caught me

with another woman.

now she’s pregnant

to another man.

 

i remember when you

fell down the stairs.

you whispered

through the coffin

it’s all your fault.

 

 

By Dennan Chew