Oh I know I shouldn’t do it
– it will fill me with remorse –
so I listen to your good advice,
nod, and say “of course”.
But in the secret moments
when no-one is around
I give in to my impulse
and the pleasure to be found.
They urge me not to do it,
but my resistance is no match,
to the irresistible, insistent urge
to scratch and scratch and scratch!