The slide rule

The slide rule?, but you’re too young to remember that, I should have called this something porno so you’d know it was worth reading.

There was nothing I could do,
I got old too.

and even though it’s crap it’s
not that

it’s what goes with it.

At last
the least will be

I’ll end up playing chess
with the psych nurse in
a ward that’s locked and
get electrically shocked
now and then
to keep me in line

and that’s fine, but
it’s still

and when I lose my marbles
I will play marbles
dressed in a jock strap
and a white
pith helmet

let them laugh about me
it won’t worry me,
not then
I’m old

© 2017, John Smallshaw.