After school activities
The very best thing about karate, or trombone, or tap dancing
is not their contribution to extra-curricular education,
a well-rounded individual,
opportunities for growth,
or the child’s chance to make it through to BGT finals.
It’s the time alone in a car park
with nothing to do but wait.
No burnt-on lasagne aspersions
No laundry accusations.
And, even better, the phone signal is too bad
to order worm tablets or sort out insurance.
Lights are jumped, speed-limits disregarded
in the hurtle
to get to the after-school club
early enough for 10 luxurious minutes
of stationary car solitude