Family Scene

I talk with Pili and Mick about
Madness and religious doubt.
Meanwhile Tania, four years old,
Will not do as she is told,
Leaves her toys of coloured plastic
Pulls hard at her knicker elastic
Nude is how she wants to be
To prance around for us to see.
While she her little body bares
To jump and frolic on the chairs,
Discussion turns to Aztec masks.
"You want a bath?" the mother asks
Tania makes assenting sound
Clambers down onto the floor
Hand in hand, they turn around,
Pili takes her through the door.
My wishes at this exhibition:-
The mother in the child's condition.

Much time passed, one year, then two,
Then at last the wish came true.

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