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Hilary Sideris: The Keith Poems

Hilary Sideris: The Keith Poems

THIRTEEN     The best thing that happened to me (after they dumped me from Boys’ Choir when my voice broke) was being a scout, learning to tie those knots— the bowline, the sheepshank. I read all Baden-Powell’s manuals: how to pluck a fowl, gut a squirrel, ignite a fire with dry twigs & a magnifier. It gave a boy a chance to swagger, badges on his sash, knife in his belt.   I got promoted to squad leader &…

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