It’s almost always possible to pick the person in charge, even when
out of place
and bedecked with soft toys.
shoulders and chest of a professional footballer
voice deep and pack a day.
This man works for a living –
he looked fancy dressed, bedecked with soft toys –
“There ya go mate – for ya wee girl.”
My brother never did diplomacy
and this was no different.
But he didn’t mean offence either
and none was taken
his cheerful gruffness, endearing, and aside pushing
neutrality the result – always.
“ It’s okay pal, she’s got plenty of toys, give it to someone who needs it.”
The big guy said,
“ mate I’d really appreciate it if you’d take it,
that way all the kids get one
and nobody feels poor.”