He was the star of team,
our high school –
a bona fide footballing supernova,
blazing a trail of failed tackles
rampant in all the grades
big things possible, probable, no certain.
I’d never seen anyone move like him –
it was almost impossible to lay a hand on him
his torso was there, and then it wasn’t.
Footwork – almost non-existent
a video should be made of him.
they learned to take his ankles
he was finished – two years out of high school.
What the hell was he doing there unsupervised?
– An arterial road at 8:20 a.m,
work traffic, school traffic, out of city traffic
a zebra crossing
he did …. then didn’t
stepping on … then off … to the edge
Would have been called intellectually handicapped once
not sure what the now politically bowdlerised would be.
He is confused,
vehicles are confused stop .. go… go …stop … back on the curb.
I can’t – a 50-year-old male –
out of the question, but
it’s just a matter of time until ….
I see an early 40’s woman, parking her car
I point and explain.
Got it she says
she takes him by the hand, to the other side.
She can – I couldn’t,
it’s the way the world these days
men are in danger, helping a child in danger.
Aged 30, the song sang of
of each generation deriding the one before.
We were homeowners by then
clamped to work and bank by interest rates
14.75%, down from 15.25%
how we rejoiced at the fall – the odd bottle of wine
limbo danced under the fiscal door.
clenched teeth at our parents generation –
government assistance to first home buyers
3% state backed loans
Keynesian benevolence underwriting full employment.
A mortgage repaid lifetime later
a friend’s 21-year-old
inventories the financial yokes of his generation :
high housing costs
his peers will do it tough he says because
the baby boomers fucked it up –
eating the goose that laid the golden egg.