Cranky old man

These young kids
look for but don’t get it
kicks from butane,
got no patination
not old enough

but the last generation
seen it and
deem it
that secondary modern education
fails them because now they
think they’re sensible

brawling on Friday night
crawling home
Saturday morning, they
have razors to shave with
high street banks they
can save with
but nothing to give them a clue.

I’m through with this shit
old enough now to sit out my days
in a tobacco filled haze and
gaze at nights full of stardust
somebody must
before it all disappears.

© 2016, John Smallshaw.