Nan and Grandad

Nan is Dad’s mam.
She’s a strict Catholic,
Catholic and strict:
even Dad does
what Nan says.

When Frankie and Paddy were little
they’d ask about Grandad:
sometimes Dad said
He was a Trawlerman
lost at sea, or mebbes
became a pirate.
Other times he’d tell them
Grandad was
a long-distance lorry driver
who broke down in Africa
an was captured by cannibals.
When they complained No
tell us really, he’d say
Bugger off, Nebby.
All they know for certain
is that Dad
never tells the truth
about Grandad
and Nan won’t.

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