One of my son’s stranger behaviours
is to feel hair, fingernails, toenails
as sensitive, like another body part.
So if you cut his hair, it harms
him and, next, a howl of torture
upsets all the neighbours
like I, his loving parent, would injure him
when a tuft tumbles his blue jumper
or a fingernail leaps.
To lose a part of you inevitably,
well, that’s a painful moment for anyone
although, some would claim
in a patronising voice
‘It’s an act of love
to lose what’s not needed.’
Easy to say when your hair and nails
don’t have nerves and, afterwards,the stumps don’t ache.