Thug

Another from the 1969 Corgi anthology Doves For The 70s edited by Peter Robins. Unfortunately for hippy types that make up much of the book it turned out there were precious few doves in the 70s and the decade belonged firmly to the thugs.

Thug

School began it.
There he felt
the tongue’s salt ash
raising its welt

on a child’s heart.
Ten years ruled
by violence left him
thoroughly schooled,

nor did he fail
to understand
the blow of the
headmaster’s hand.

That hand his hand
round the cosh curled.
What rules the classroom
rock the world.

Raymond Garlick

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