Don’t be


Don’t be too hard
on your ex,
who was frequently
faithful to you.

Woo woo woo woo


Woo woo woo woo
singing on the radio.
Yayee yayee yayee yayee
started many years ago.

Not another summer
in a wimple!
Someone roll that lady
in the hay.



One night I shall despise him but this night
he is the great white tame hawk
perched beating at my teeth.

He is the scimitar I carry trembling
down the cliff of my sleep.

One day I shall be ashamed.
I shall speak.


Rachel McAlpine

(Title is same as the title of a short story by Katherine Mansfield that inspired this poem.)