Spock Baby

I was raised a Spock baby
in more ways than one
and a certain confusion
was due to my mum.

“Baby and Childcare”
was her well-thumbed bible –
but Benjamin Spock
had an alien rival.

My mum also loved sci-fi
– a trait I share too –
I grew up watching Star Trek
and (my favourite) Doctor Who.

Mum mentioned Spock so often
I began to think that maybe
her handbook was some Vulcan guide
meant to confuse a baby.

For Dr Spock advised that love
should always be expressed,
while Mr Spock thought all emotion
ought to be repressed.

So to this day I’m fond of men
with emotions under control,
a slight tilt to the eyebrows,
and the haircut? Pudding bowl!


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