Category Archives: Child Abuse

Sid Philips lives next door

Andy doesn’t notice him, no-one does

but he exists

on the other side of the fence

Sid Philips seizes toys and re-tells

their stories in vicious bites

by plucking eye balls for their heads

hacking legs and torsos off

mix-matching to imagine monsters

for his own sadistic pleasures


skull and crossbones on his unwashed t-shirt

match his blackening young heart

sparking ambition as a future star-serial-killer

confined, for now, to his basement, bedroom

neglected back yard

but later

when it’s time for tea

and his toolbox is discarded

he sits upon his mother’s knee

kicks his little sister away

ignores her cries

that whinny insect, he’ll pick her wings off


he accepts his mother’s loving kisses

and her soft arms as a tonic to his nightmares

where no-one plays with him.

btw 13/04/2018

  • Sid Philips is the villainous boy next door in the hit Pixar Disney flick, Toy Story.

Napowrimo Day 15:-In her interview, Blake suggests writing a poem in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil). Perhaps this could mean the witch from Hansel & Gretel has lost her beloved cat, and is going about the neighborhood sticking up heart-wrenching “Lost Cat” signs, but still finds human children delicious. Maybe Blackbeard the Pirate is lost at sea in an open boat, remembering how much he loved his grandmother (although he will still kill the first person dumb enough to scoop him from the waves).