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Detained by Struan Robertson

In 100 Poems, poetry on March 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Title: Detained
Author: Struan Robertson
Number: 100/100
Allocated postcode: EH8

Detained

Standing downstairs in the cells
at St. Leonards Police Station,
I turn and watch my father’s profile,
whiskied head held high
as he argues with our captors –
his chin jutting, his arms
the stubborn folded arms of a child.

I wonder, mentally comparing behaviour
and baby-photos, how similar we are,
and remember that the cells we share
are not just those we share tonight.

But later, as he preaches at me
through his single-malt smog,
I forget our blue eyes and cheekbones
as our cells forget their domestic bond
in handcuffs, half-bottles and nights like these.

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