talking of cages they would be useful here

to keep the wild things escaped from cats

who murder

to heal

down by the park
was a wee bird sanctuary

next to the vicarage

we would call by to look
in the cages

guess it was free

i was at school with the vicar’s

she had recovered from polio
or a bad car accident

i don’t remember which it
was all a long time ago

their house was

down by the stream that
ran the side of the road

they say I was one of the first
to have the jab

I heard other parents say that they
would not allow it

i did not mind though I remember fear
of the needle

and more the fear of polio

we showed him the iron lung at the science
museum only last year