Speke Hall

Packed off as kids
On the school outing
"Be'ave or else!"
The teacher would warn
"And if I catch any of yiz with ciggies!"
As if like!
Slipping out behind the two grand trees
In the courtyard
Clutching a crumpled packet
Of B&H
We headed off to the far corners
Of the gardens
And found our teacher smoking
A sly ciggie!

By Sharon Marshall