airborne

all the stories my dad told
about his time down the mines
the “coal tattoo” behind his ear
from when he was knocked
unconscious

when my new father in law
at the head of the table
declared “of course everyone
was behind Thatcher,
unless you were a miner, haha”
my blood boiled
as it must

a few minutes later
my new mother in law
Cruella
sprang to her cloven hooves
and shaking a finger
right in my face
pretty much yelled
“African countries are poor
because they are LAZY!”

I’m glad I lost my temper
slamming my fist on the table
“I’M NOT HAVING IT!”
all the crockery
was just for a moment

airborne

Colm at the pithead