Leave Our Children Alone

Someone [or some people] ‘Daring’
painted it in big white letters
… “Leave Our Children Alone”…
upon the front wall
of HMP Swansea Prison,
just right of the gate
… and, I mean 2ft high writing,
not in spray paint
[like normal graffiti]
… but, in actual bold brush strokes.
I walked past it every day
for about a month or so,
admiring this incredible act
of cheek and bravery
… until ‘The Man’ came
and Scrubbed the ‘Rebellion’ away.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.