For Laura

 

If you’re going to be happy

you might as well do it right –

declare it a four-day weekend

and gather round all your friends –

laugh like a drain

even in the rain

put on your prettiest frock and rock

a red lip and some pop socks

slide on your knees across the floor

whatever’s on offer

ask for more

look –

don’t even think about giving a fuck

about the washing up –

if you want you can drink snakebite

from your grandma’s coffee cup –

bake a four-layer cake

make out by a lake

skinny dip

take a trip

to a long-forgotten

favourite place

paint your face

with laughter lines

good times –

drink some fizz

take a whiz

in the garden or the yarden

whatever you have

whoever you’re with –

live.