Poem by: Ben dunk. April 4, 1969.

 

SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN

 

Child affright,

left alone in the night,

whilst mother’s bare back

sweats on the Vynide upholstery of a motor car.

Not father’s:

he is drinking and drowning

his matrimonial sorrows,

at the ‘Bow and Arrows’

 

Eye Scares.

 

Child affright,

left alone in the night.

awake to the terrors

of black solitude:

Those dots and dashes,

circles and squares;

disintegrating and re-arranging.

 

Demon Faces.

 

Child affright,

left alone in the night.

Wide open eyes

or closed eyes.

See those ugly faces,

too large or too small.

“Where are the shelves?”

Hideous eyes,

winking and opening wider and ever wider,

until they convert into more eyes and faces,

uglier than those before.

 

Marooned.

 

Child affright,

left alone in the night,

marooned in mushy sound house stillness

and no one there

to care.