Saturday, 9 March 2019

Ethan Sneaks Out

Teen sneaks out for a late-night flick
eighteen-rated, knows the tricks
Make-up makes you older, see -
facial hair and fake ID

But teenage Ethan -
He sneaks out for a different reason

Teen snuck out to a punk rock gig
armed with safety pins and cigs
Slipped out the back to an all-night rave
Es and whizz and misbehaves

But teenage Ethan -
He sneaks out for a different reason

Teens sneak out to down some beers
get tattooed or pierce their ears
Or eyebrows, nipples if they dare
shave their head or dye their hair

But teenage Ethan -
He sneaks out for a different reason

Teen sneaks out for a romantic tryst
a clumsy fumble, teeth-clashing kiss
Teens sneak out for a crafty fag
packet of spearmints in their bag

But teenage Ethan -
He sneaks out for a different reason

Ethan's reason was defiance -
rebellion in the name of science
Shooting up though his parents hate it -
Ethan snuck out to get vaccinated

Janine lives in Hackney, East London. She writes and performs poetry, and has had three slim volumes of poetry published. Janine posts poems and political polemics on her website.