by R V Raiment (written 40+ years ago).


A toddler

in a two-piece swimsuit

makes private

parts she does not know the name of,

is labelled of a sex

which does not own her



Confused signals – sex and child

concept as would be reviled

if devised by any other

than doting dad or doting mother.


Teenager gift-wrapped

in tight-fitting clothes

designedly alluring

more than naked flesh –

children’s bodies,

skinned in figure-hugging pants

signal sex

but seek romance.


Youths smoke

and smirk,

mouths ape the adult leer

and adult appetites –

sex, and fags and beer –

shape childish expectation,

murder childhood.


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