Toilet Seat

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Three fourths male household
My childhood norm
Toilet seat up
Mother annoyed
‘Bend your knees’
She would call
Went to university
Dating game
Feminism and courtesy
Toilet seat down
Wilder days of laddishness
Toilet seat back up again
Calmer days of going steady
Toilet seat firmly down
Daughter first born
May as well sit down myself
And have a rest
Son appears
Four years pass
And standing proud
He’s peeing like his old man
And a forgotten sight…
The toilet seat back up again
Not by my own hand
Trademark splatters
Not my fault
Mum will be irritated
Just like mine before her
Triggers a smile
And childhood memories
Pungent stuff

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