Every metropolis, every city, every town
has a hierarchy –
smaller = steeper.
They said the population on a good day
was 200 or 300
give or take a hundred. It didn’t matter
everyone knew her parents ranking.
I or 2
There were rumours
stories of a wilful teenager
high spirits or habits or vice – spite could choose.
I’d never been witness
but listened and wondered
until I saw the Community Centre …. and didn’t.
Sarah from the committee ignored it all :
the overcast stench
the nihilistic eruptions
the graffiti of disrespect –
the only person not outraged or schadenfreude-d
“Poor Katey, she’s only 16,
and done it all ……
she’s got nothing to look forward to.”