Kids by Katie Lewington

though the world is unjust –
queue of uncertainty and crime
to see outside of
a London home
sunflowers and
tomato plants
with a note attached –
inviting others to respect and enjoy them
the person responsible for this –
a seven year old girl
if your kid does wrong
you excuse them

once grown then

they commit crime
and do you excuse them –
stand in court
phone switched off
wife has her hand in your own but i read

of a case –
a terrible choice a mother had to make
when her son raped
her daughter

she disowned him

the self esteem of young adults
is a tattered flag
which once
represented a union of ideals –
of people
and communities

now

now it is
surgery

open legs and fuck against my will –

i’ve found a new flaw – what is the number of my surgeon

until you appear
as if you should be in a shop window –
dipped into a vat
of hot wax

a case of spending too much
time taking snapping selfies and
staring at your reflection
comparing yourself with others

online safety kids can read but won’t read the leaflets
paedophile there’s usually one in the newspaper lets groom young children
hook them with bait help them find a place in the world


lure them to your rented accommodation and abuse them –
the internet a playground
for many
a busy street of both light and shade

remind children
if sad or bored
do not enter the optical illusion
of fake profiles and
hashtag fairy filters
go outside and take

a moment

to engage with yourself
and in what you need
discover your self belief.

 

Katie Lewington is a UK based writer and has been drafting, editing and rewriting her bio since she started submitting to literary magazines and journals two years ago. It isn’t as if she doesn’t know who she is, she just isn’t sure what is relevant.  Her creative writing can be read at https://katiecreativewriterblog.wordpress.com and https://gumroad.com/katielewington
She can be contacted through Twitter @idontwearahat
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