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-         Des Dillon (U.K.)


A badly behaved pupil

“One to be watched.”

They said, was stuffing my

bag with stolen toilet rolls

and tins of something of value

due to Covid nineteen.

It was an act if love

because I treated him as human.

The class was at the top of a high rickety ladder

in an Oliver Twist Faganesque attic

although we were in modern times.

I hid my bag of stolen stuff

away from the Head and climbed

but it wobbled, the ladder, and I was very afraid.

“How do the pupils do this every day?” I thought.

When I reached the top I was naked

and hunting for clothes

or at least a blanket before anyone saw me.

And in the class, dressed in a dusty oldflour-sack they were laughing.

And when the boy who was one to be watched laughed,

I laughed too.