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Juice; Slap

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For Yoko’s Body Sound Tape Piece.

Yoko your body sounds are kinder than mine, more curious too, though I have some good ones.

Here I revisit a one off incident (well, twice is more than enough really) before going back to the violence of special school and then saving a concern for all those regularly abused in their own home.

Question; What are your memories of body sounds?

Slap

Slap
Slap my tummy
Slap
The sound is funny
Slap, Slap, Slap
My way to dieting

Then Slap
Like bash
His old hand
Smashes
Slaps away
My confidence

Slap is slam
Slam door bangs
Footsteps pitter
Away from Pater
Steps aboard
A bus for leaving

Slap is sob
Mom carries on
Wailing begging
Calling son
Come home come on
A soothing song

Then slap
And slap my tummy
Slap
This sound is really funny
Slap and tip and tap
With something for his honey

Punch and slap
The punch will crunch
On skin and bone
Institutions closing down
And she is going home
To hear that slapping sound

Slap and pinch
To see her winch
Pull and yank
With you to thank
For indignities
Excuses for a slap

9th May 2019

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