Singing, laughing, talking nonsense
Or crying alternately, thinks I’m not really
A Doctor, believes I’m George Robey.
Didn’t look for work, her sister says,
Until she was nearly twenty.
Maniacal, excited, constantly chatting
Or rambling determidly, pinches and
Scratches herself most cruelly.
Was always smiling, her sister says,
Was ever anxious to please.
Refuses all food so is fed by the pump,
Dirty and wet in her habits, frequently
Uses foul language, has no sense of
Was a pretty girl her sister says,
Suspects she had a lover quite unknown
She often asks for Allan
And fancies she’s a Queen.
Kevin Patrick McCann
Illustration Nick Victor
A new book of poems