It was the age of Aquarius
women could and were doing anything
and to blame for nothing –
that was men.
In this case each was
she, for in their face-ing
me, for attagirl-ing.
Melanie from tutorial group
attractive, intelligent, and according to the bush telegraph, single.
Did I want to go to the protest march with her?
Did I what!!!
like atoms –
orbits and nucleus,
common sense would have advised an early exit
self-preservation, before it was too late –
an 18-year-old has neither.
The police had had enough
were in no mood for kid gloves
GET IN THERE…..
At the station the processing officers were grim, severe
and punitive –
you’ve wasted police time and resources –
court tomorrow – with the strongest charge we can bring.
We were all scared shitless
until the duty commander arrived and said,
“ you realise you’ve fucked up my afternoon nap.”