Cornelius was a polite little boy
He loved his parents with all his heart
Visited his grandparents every day
Cared for his pet Jack Russell as though it was human
He was even good at school
His teachers raved about how well he did
What a helpful schoolboy he was
How they wished every child was like him
“If the Earth was full of children like Cornelius
The world would be a better place”
They all would say
Cornelius’s outer facade confirmed all this
He was graceful, for a boy
Incredibly good natured, for a boy
Slim, for a boy
Had beautiful raven hair, for a boy
And that was why he waited everyday
Lurking at his bedroom window during all his spare time
He was scheming
He was planning
He was concocting
Cornelius was waiting for the stork he’d heard so much about
Waiting to pounce and give it what for
You see, Cornelius had been a mistake
He was not a boy at all
Not in his own mind, but a girl
And one day, when chance favoured him/her
He would make good his escape from his/her enforced world
Come back again, correct in the making
If he couldn’t capture his nemesis
Well, the nice Cornelius
Kind Cornelius
Gentle and clever Cornelius
Would get very, very angry indeed
He’d/she’d see what the world said about him/her then
They’d all see

(Image courtesy Google images)

7 thoughts on “Cornelius

  1. this is an amazing piece. I feel for these children, adolescents and even adults – I know i have a hard time dealing with my body – i could not imagine being in the place where I could not even relate to the body I was born with it. Beautiful job.

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