My baby has never said a bad word in his life

He’s never said a good word.
He’s never had a shower.
He’s never grown a beard.
He’s never been on a bus.
He’s never whistled.
He’s never lost his keys.
He’s never had keys.
He’s never been drunk.
He’s never read a headline.
He’s never eaten bread and cheese.
He’s never said a bad word
and let it curdle in his brain
until he’s a puddle of custard in bed.

© Carl Burkitt 2021

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