Waiting to Fall Off


His hedge is a different shape
each time; I think he lives here
but I don’t really know;

the seal does. He smirks and shows off
to the mermaid
who sits on her tail and watches.

Once I sat on his lap and watched him
take out his teeth;
his top lip swallowed his bottom

and all the tattoos up his arm
of boobs
and The Sailor Man.

His legs were red kumara
just waiting to be picked,
waiting to fall off.

Most of the other people here
are nurses
on their day off.

We’re all doing fine;
Helen’s annoying us
just like usual.

Some lady got up and
said a tribute to you
about somebody else.


Jade Trim
Yr 13, Taradale High School