This Worm is Turning

imageMy first objection to authority was when I was 11 and, in biology class, we had to pour irritant on a patch of grass to make worms start to suffocate, forcing them to come up to the surface for air. I refused, got a detention and a clipboard to count the worms for everyone as punishment.
My second objection to authority was when I was 11 and, in PE, we were told to strip so that we could be weighed and measured. I refused and was told that would make it impossible for me to be identified if I was hit by a car and smashed to pieces. I was given a detention and allowed to leave my vest and knickers on. (Many years later, the PE teacher would be dismissed and prosecuted for indecent assault on pupils.)
It’s a long time since I was eleven. I’ve had a lot of ‘detentions’ imposed by people with ‘authority’.

This worm is turned,
Will quietly tunnel,
Silently shovel shit
And curl
Towards home.

Worms worm wide.

Word worms wise.

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