One day dad bought an MG sports

NSW 1990 2

The Sixties saloon six-cylinder growled:

our Triumph 2000 tiger-prowled;

rev-retarded minor models scowled.


One day dad bought an MG sports

(a male mid-life crisis of sorts)

our family of five fitted in, of course!


Few sports cars on our suburban road,

most ceded to the bourgeois code:

imaginations declined to explode!


Spoked-wheels sparkled, cartwheeled,

ecstatic eyes behind small windshield

happy hands made snub gearstick wield…


Then modest cars bought after his divorce,

gone driver dreams, farewell sparky-torque:

replaced by budget brands of ill-report…