Meabh Nic an Chrosáin – How (Not) to Grow Up

How (Not) to Grow Up

By Meabh Nic an Chrosáin

(in response to How to Marry a Millionaire by Jean Kavanagh)

Stop hanging out
with darkly-clothed seventeen-year-olds
who carry bass guitars
on their backs
and spare change
in their pockets,
that finds itself always
in the hats
of buskers on the street.

Stop jumping walls
and scuffing your knees –
stop littering your bare legs
with grazes
and bruises
the sizes
of the various coins
your friends carry
in their pockets
to throw into
the hats
of buskers on the street.

Start caring about how you look;
comb your hair
and stop wearing down your trainers
running on tarmacadam
after boys
who steal your change
to throw into the hats
of buskers on the street.

Stop disagreeing with
musicians’ tastes in music;
let teachers change your poems
and let your audience
change your songs
and never
sing along
with the buskers on the street,

hats full
of your friends’ spare change.

 
Meabh Nic an Chrosáin Colaiste an Eachreidh,Athenry, Co. Galway

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