Uninvited dinner guest,
Forcing us to set another place,
Demanding to be the centre,
Overwhelming, centre of everything,
All focus drawn to magnetic personality,
You had always been there, hiding in the shadows,
The worm in our apple of life,
Who will you visit next?
Who will feel your hot sticky breath on their neck?
The yellowing stench, your odorous person,
Uninvited. Unplanned. Unwanted. Unstoppable.
Leave us to our simple familial pleasures,
Your place is empty now – why must you always take another?
The memory of your brutish presence,
Hanging about, loitering in our moments, sullying our lives,
Now we know your name,
Byword for unjust suffering and pitiless death.
The door latched fast, curtains drawn;
We wonder – will you come?
Will you break in on us?
Do not come. Do not knock.
For you are hated.