till tape breaks

they never wore out the mother of yours
on a weekly basis on the shelves
meanwhile had equivalent masculinity on the other end
drinks cabinet
brandy and cognac
red tapes were a source of pride
it was like collecting and swapping stickers
the next side or not
they were the first generation immigrants
from the oppressive unlistened-to rats downstairs
the word ‘embarrassed’ does not feature in those remnants
biologically looked the same again as everyday back then
but now wear more professional type clothes
droplets of anxiety, anger and agony
never make a suggestion of getting roast pork buns
never have an impulse about searching for them
waiters are ready to go over to tables with a towel over arm to take orders
just don’t trust yourself to try and chew and swallow


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