That shark is a motherfucking big one.
That shark could quickly eat your mother whole.
A mother says How ugly to her son.
He ignores her, reaches out five year old
fingers pressed against the glass, the same star-
fish spread that mine have. We are both in love
now, in this moment with a shape that far
exceeds its that name. It isn’t enough,
just like Joe, the builder, is more than Joe
or a builder. How shadows of surfers
and seals are confused. This feeling will go
soon enough. We cannot take love further
like this. The shark taps on the glass signing,
I heard that lots of humans are dying.
Laurie Ogden is a poet, playwright and performer from Merseyside. She is a
former Barbican Young Poet and Jerwood/Arvon playwriting mentee. Commissions
include Sky Arts, Barnardos and the Barbican. She is a current Roundhouse Resident