Terry Collett

No Touch of Sin.

On the way home
from senior school
you met Fay
on the corner

of the New Kent Road
and Meadow Row
she was dressed
in her school uniform

with a satchel
over her shoulder
a hand griping
the leather strap

her fair hair
neat and tidy
hard day at school?
you asked

as usual
she said
the nuns strict
and the lessons

mind stunning
and you?
a good dose
of brain washing

and the usual
morons teaching
you replied
pushing fingers

through your hair
taking in
her lovely eyes
the shyness

the way she stood
her small hand
gripping the strap
sed libera nos a malo

she said
what the heck
does that mean?
you asked

it's from the Lord's Prayer
Fay said softly
it means
but deliver us from evil

my daddy says it
often to me
you nodded
my old man wouldn't know

what the heck
it would mean
if it bit his backside
you said

Fay laughed shyly
you liked it
when she laughed
like she did

it was like a small prayer
by a bright eyed angel
she looked back

at the passing traffic
the noise
the fumes
my daddy says

it's a daily battle
against evil
he says one must
drive out evil

and the evil one
by punishment
she said
looking back at you

there's plenty
of punishment
at my school
you said

not sure if it's evil
being driven out
or the breaking of school rules
you said

do you want
to come to my place
for tea?
you asked

best not
she said
Daddy's home early today
and he likes me

home on time
you said
and you both

turned down Meadow Row
she touched
your hand
and you held hers gently

as if it were
a fragile pot made
from bone china
smooth yet warm

her fingers curled
around your hand
skin on skin

with no touch
of sin.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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