Boys and Girls



I have a son and a daughter

A boy, a girl

A him, a her.


He’s all cricket, rugby and bruises

Ink-stained shirt

And a name badge he loses.


She is earrings and hair and a touch of make-up

Organised and neat

With surprising small feet.


And yet, he’s the one who helps in the home

Makes tea every morning

Or tries to fold clothes.


And she is the one who understands stars

Or questions the way it all works

Probing and seeking and bright.


Is he any less?

Or she any more?

A box to be ticked

A label without shape?

Each is fully himself, herself

Varied and coloured

Nuanced and hued

Exactly the way it should be!

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