You are being manipulated.
It’s all right because I know exactly
what I‘m doing. I’ve done this before.
Manipulation’s not a bad thing.
It’s just handling which is simply
another word for touching. Sort of.
Touching can sometimes lead to holding.
I’m holding you now. Can’t you feel me?
I have your attention. Just stay still.
We wouldn’t want me to slip, would we?
Human psyches are such fragile things.
Apart from poetry Jim Murdoch’s also written essays, novels, plays, songs and short stories. His latest book is a collection of short fiction entitled Making Sense. You can find out more about him on his blog The Truth About Lies