Neu! Boots Are Made For Walking DAY SIXTEEN – Magi Gibson

no angel

(In 1993 Judge Ian Starforth Hill described an eight year old victim of a sex attack as “not exactly an angel herself” and gave her attacker two years’ probation)

she was eight and half her milk teeth
gone because she’d kissed the boys
behind the shed And she listened in
on big girl/bad girl jokes and laughed and
laughed until she wet her knickers though
she never understood what was so funny she
was only eight but already knew the ins and
outs of Sexual Intercourse They’d done it in
class with Miss Jones And she’d seen it
on the telly a million times though she
never looked not really just pretended while
she counted the leaves on the weeping fig
and she might well have known a con
dom if she’d met one in the street And it cannot
be denied she’d played kiss/kick/torture and
enjoyed it And snogged Jamie from the High
School for ten minutes under the chute without
with three independent witnesses so it
shouldn’t have surprised you not really when
her past was revealed in court and the Judge
with all the Wisdom of his Wig the Judge
with all the Gravity of his Gown
revealed that the victim the
eight year old victim
of the sex attack

was no angel


[this poem first appeared in Strange Fish (Duende Press, 1997)]

Magi Gibson is a Scottish poet living in Glasgow. Her poetry collections are Kicking Back, Strange Fish, Graffiti in Red Lipstick and Wild Women of a Certain Age. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies including Modern Scottish Women Poets (Canongate), Scottish Love Poems (Canongate) and The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry, (EUP). Her sequence ‘The Senile Dimension’ won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Writing Prize. A new collection, Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks will be published in spring 2017 by Luath.

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