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May 2019
took a bottle from the cupboard
then she tilted back his head
this meant trouble, Tom discovered
when she read out what it said
 
it said hazardous to health
twice as poisonous as bleach
keep it on the highest shelf
keep it out of children’s reach
 
treat like pepper spray or mace
or an acid that could maim
store it in a cool, dry place
and avoid all naked flames
 
the instructions then suggested
it could leave him stiff and pale
if by chance it was ingested
if by chance Tom did inhale
 
then its pungent, toxic odour
from its allergens, writ BOLD
burned his nose like caustic soda
made his nostrils yearn for cold
 
since the content seemed unstable
so she handled with a glove
then she let Tom read the label
and the word he saw was LOVE
 
held his nose and told him ‘swallow’
made him chug it in one go
and the pain was quick to follow
why she did it, hard to know
 
felt like acid ingestion
not a gentle warmth inside
so he asked the girl a question
‘is an antidote supplied?’
 
she said ‘there’s no medication
just a long and slow decline
there’s no cure or vaccination
you can only pray for time’
 
and that pain he still remembers
since his stomach’s still upset
just a  pit of glowing embers
from that girl Tom can’t forget.
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