Science Block Toilets.
The drip of the tap like
the tick of a clock
as I sit on the top of the seat gripping the lock
It’s break time and I’m hiding
not from anyone
I just wanted some time without anyone near me
in the midst of the chaos and noise
hyena girls and megaphone boys
police captain mannequin teachers
a gaggle of mad daggering laminate features
leeches attach onto top of the pack creatures
between bells they speak spells to keep sweet the divas
a legion of chair feet screeches
and I feel the bones in my ears crack
the CD skips
between these lips, my tongue whispers
You won’t ever get these years back.
So I’m here
while the crowds are outside
in my graffitied bubble
I pause and unwind.
And I read lines, scribbled and scratched into patterns
declarations of feelings
bad stuff that’s happened
Copyright: from Everything All At Once (Macmillan Children’s Books, 2018), © Steven Camden 2018, used by permission of the author and the publisher.