Schoolgirl on the Bus

Schoolgirl on the bus
Black block shoes
Lost-pet-poster expression
Learning every day
Learning words like ‘sex’ and ‘calories’
Learning how to handle drop fumble feelings
Swapping secrets like clothes
Growing up and out and in
Growing shame and joy side by side
Between magazine pages and
Late-night whispers
Up-and-down loading personality puzzle pieces
In Facebook profile pictures
Stolen music and web wanderings
Taps black school shoes to Ipod
Learns words like ‘love’ and ‘want’
And relearns them again and again
Every time she realises grown-ups tell lies
Steps off bus
Ticking tapping learning
Ticking tapping learning