I open my book in a cold autumn park -
a child immediately topples from the swings,
blood drooling from his blameless eyes.
Am I claiming there was a causal link?
Well, let's just say that page 24,
paragraph three, has the phrase: 'Children
bleed from the eyes because they are manipulative.
What they lack in restraint they make up for
in grand guignol set pieces. We ought to
give them a small, ambiguous trinket each time
they act up like this and say: "Here
is your reward," coldly, the way a traffic warden
might when tucking a ticket behind the windscreen wiper
of an empty car in Winter.' I slap
my book shut -
a tramp's skull collapses