Condemned

They said you had wept
Did you really
Could you weep?
I don’t know how you sleep

With a signing of your name
A generation falls
Hunger spreads from town to city
From school to school

Bringing with it
An unspeakable anger
In 2013
Your people go hungry
Your people
My people
Our people
Us
Not you
Not yours

WE go hungry
Despair
Break into bits
Get left behind
You send the dying and fragile to work
A Victorian factory

Not you and yours
You and yours get fatter
Get richer
Are saved
The lifeboats get built
But not in our shipyards
Long gone
Those lifeboats made
For you and yours
Bailing out
Carrying you and yours

We stay behind
In queues
In person
On phones unmanned
Ignored to ring and ring out
Wrung dry

You’ve taken everything
The proverbial stone bled out
You’ve stolen hope
Left ravaged cities
Poverty spreading its disease

And clever clever you and yours are
Stainless
Blameless
While we are
Skivers
Shirkers
Your vilifying names sticking
Like shit to shoes
On the streets left to rot

You have thieved
Conned
Broken
You and yours have stripped us for parts
Used to rewire your second homes

So sleep well
Weep well for the camera
Shame will find you
It always does

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