You can’t sew

A sow’s ear

Into a silken purse

Is what we were taught

In Church school classes

Like putting a

Round peg into a

Square hole

Or was it

A square peg?

Was it a sick

Attempt to inure

Children with the

Brutality of

Being different?

Under the guise

Of teaching metaphor

We were brainwashed

With the idea

That different was bad.

Dare to be different

At your peril!

Even if it’s Heaven-sent

They’ll say it was the devil

Who twisted you bent!

Now bend and meet the cane

And no chocolate for Lent.

Bad, bad Boy.


Peter Mark Garnett © 22 April 2017