No means... yes, Charles?
When you’re playfully tiffing a Saatchi
remember: the tears that he sheds
aren’t signs that he’s hurt or unhappy
but of loving contentment instead.
The nose tweak which makes his eyes water
isn’t cowardly, vicious or sore
but a shorthand to show your affection
which he craves. So go on. Do it more.
And the necklace of bruises you leave round his throat
are something he’ll miss when they fade
but he’ll comfort himself, if it’s comfort he needs
with the memory of how they were made
because Charles knows that language is complex
that words can confuse and mislead
if you want to be sure what your love has in mind
then you have to just measure their deed
so tiff Charlie-boy, tiff him senseless,
keep a smile on your face as he chokes
and if anyone asks what on earth’s going on
it’s only a joke.
© Steve Pottinger. 18 June 2013