Thursday, 5 April 2018

The State of Things

Poor pupils filling pockets with food.
Poor teeth, grey skin, they’re tired, they’re thin.
Monday’s worst: hunger’s accrued;
a weekend of neglect. How do we begin?

Poor teeth, grey skin, they’re tired, they’re thin;
their parents work three jobs, scrimp and save
a weekend of neglect. How do we begin:
if your belly was empty would you behave?

Their parents work three jobs, scrimp and save:
poverty’s expensive – leccy meter, payday loan.
If your belly was empty, would you behave,
dismissed as scroungers, struggling alone.

Poverty’s expensive – leccy meter, payday loan –
Monday is worst; hunger’s accrued;
dismissed as scroungers, struggling alone –
poor pupils filling pockets with food.

© Myfanwy Fox


Myfanwy Fox has had a weird life and would like to make yours weirder, too. She occasionally blogs at Fox Unkennelled

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