A DIFFERENT RACE

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A DIFFERENT RACE

The lighted first-floor windows illuminate them

Their good sides always facing outwards

Like so many beautiful birds they perch;

Silently caged,

Mouthing ‘For Sale’ pleasantries

Outside

Others less beautiful ply the darkness

Stalked by vermin

And the ghosts of their childhood

There is a rage

Unfurling flags of despair;

‘Look at what you have done’

Some are shouting

‘Don’t you care?’

These articulate ones are the ugliest

The least loved

And the loneliest

FAMILY PLANNING

    

           FAMILY PLANNING

           You English have it:

            A plan for life I mean

            Sex, marriage even,

            A mortgage at nineteen.

            Holidays in Benidorm

            Or that Costa by-the sea.

            And two point five children

            That grandma minds

            Most weekends for free.