This poem is from Neil’s new book called Jigsaw coming out in July. It is a remarkable novel in poetry about his life-long struggles with his life issues. A must read.

Stuff It Down

Mama says, Don’t make a sound
When you’re tempted, stuff it down
Papa says, Don’t spin around
Shut your mouth and stuff it down

When you’re tempted, stuff it down
Quiet one who gets the praise
Shut your mouth and stuff it down
Silently the good child obeys

Quiet one who gets the praise
Stuff it down — not up but down
Silently the good child obeys
You’ll be good, if you stuff it down

Papa says, Don’t spin around
Mama says, Don’t make a sound