Upstaging Shakespeare

Boy, you were fierce.
‘Let’s get on with it’ you hissed,
your undertone a sting, sharp as
a flick knife at my ear, next
your teeth whipping my face.

The lighting crew above licked
smoky lips, younger kids
at our school play writhed: sex
was quite new, real or faked:
they were eager to be shocked.

And you aimed to convince!
Latched on, intent as insects
milking flowers, the clinch
was ruled by your proboscis,
My flower for yours, O Prince.

Kate Miller


Kate Miller is an English poet and winner of several awards including the Edwin Morgan International Poetry prize in 2008. The Observances (2015) is due to be followed by a second collection in 2020.

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