Mum and dad

I heard my mum and dad when I was ten.
They were not playing tiddly winks.
They were trying to be quiet,
but I heard them just the same.

At ten, when you hear your mum and dad,
about 20 seconds before, you think
"aha, that’s mum and dad, that is"
then time ticks rapidly past and
you think "I’ve not heard them make
that noise before".

and then, as your ears peer against the wall
after 20 seconds more you think
"oh no, that’s my mum and dad, that is"
when your mind clicks frantically fast
and you go "I wish I’d heard something
else, like before"

Mum and dad didn’t go on too long
when I was ten, just little bits.
It was just a piddly fight
but I heard them just the same.

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