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I am coming down the stairs,

I am five, six, or seven,

the lime green woodchip walls clash

with the grey flowery stair runner,

the coat pegs too high.


Even standing tippy toes on a chair

I cannot reach.


The Bakelite radio spews pop

from it’s gaping mesh mouth,

“Where’s your momma gone?”

chirps out.


Fear grips my guts,

as the tinny tune provides a rhythm,

for him to polish his shoes.




Descendants – March 2017

by Alexandra Carr-Malcolm