that woman and her kids in the shoe

I tuck them in like human
sausage rolls tuck them in
with a tog rating of 5 and leave

thinking about the old woman
who lived in the shoe…

…have Social Services been alerted
to these poor children’s plight?

She has so many she doesn’t know
what to do.

And what of their diets?

Just broth with no bread.
Where is the protein,
the carbohydrates
the 5 a day?

While neighbors whispers of nighttime
whippings and crying.

I wander where are the fathers of these children?

Are we the tax payers supplementing
the up keep of this shoe and
it’s occupants?

I don’t want to be a busy body or a curtain twitcher,
but the authorities need to be told.

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