some days he was sure

1 November 2018

they were on a school camp
somewhere in the wilderness
to learn about nature

four friends together
swapping secrets in the dark—
‘I stole a packet of chips in the shop’

‘I found Mum’s bag & took some money’
‘I gotta a massive stash of food under my bed’
then silence all waiting

the last nine-year-old
almost ready to say
‘I think I’m a girl’

but something held him back
he wasn’t absolutely sure
& these were his only friends

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