TWENTY-SEVEN years old
Walking in the evening’s cool
(Twenty-one years to go – don’t stroll through town with your boyfriend).
When I was nineteen
(Thirteen years and counting – don’t crouch down, don’t turn your back on politicians
Don’t crouch down).
It happened when I was seventeen
(Eleven years to go – don’t walk on stairs if a boy’s sitting there, eleven years to go).
Did it start when I was fourteen?
(Eight years to go –
Don’t wear jumpers with words across the chest, when you’re fourteen. Eight years to go.)
Six-year-old widened eyes
Clear, untouched skin
When will it begin?