Form: Free Verse

I stopped believing in Santa
when I saw the adults putting parcels by the tree
and I never found the tooth fairy
hanging about my bed
and I didn’t believe in the stories on TV
but I believed in drawing and writing to see
what was true
and I believed I could be anything when I grew up
a train driver with a big engine
speeding though the countryside
a sailor on a warship covered in tattoos
seeing the world beyond the seashore
or a writer like Conan Doyle
I could be all that before…
before the world chewed up my childish dreams
and spat them out into reality
and my heart lay shattered
because a man doesn’t bleed once a month


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