Academic journal article Antipodes

Three for Emma

Academic journal article Antipodes

Three for Emma

Article excerpt

The Silver Teaspoon

For want of a spoon

she bent too low,

for want of sight

she fell on her wrist,

for want of strength

she snapped the wrist.

For want of a wrist

she lost what it takes,

for want of that

she lost her home,

for want of home

she lost her will

and wanting will

she lost her wits

all for the sake

of a little silver spoon.


The pain-free

have no idea

how pain creates

a petulance

and steals

the grit requited

for charm, civility and tact.

The pain-free

just never need

to watch their step

and don't find out

until too late

how lucky

they have been.

T. …

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