A Boy with Parrot-blue Hair – Natalie Scott

A Boy with Parrot-blue Hair

and parrot-red trousers
is juggling three balls
as he walks down the street
smiling because he hasn’t
yet let one fall.

They are the special kind
which might tear but never
break, filled with little beans
that, if you held them, would
wear the shape of your palm.

This boy with parrot-blue hair
and parrot-red trousers

is comfy in his own skin
if that’s even still a thing.
He’s the epitome of it;
no-one can hurt him,
at least not with words.

He takes your insecurities
and tests them for firmness
in the twilight of his grip,
then tosses them into the air.
They make pleasing shapes.

Next week, if you see him,
he’ll be exactly the same
boy with parrot-blue hair
and parrot-red trousers
but you will have changed.

Natalie Scott is an internationally published poet and Creative Writing lecturer. Her latest award-winning collection Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison, published by Valley Press on International Women’s Day, 2020, received ACE funding for a West End performance. www.nataliescottwriter.com @NatalieAnnScott

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