I am a Child

I am a child of Great Britain

where almost four million

still live under the poverty line

where Dunblane happens every four weeks*

but nobody notices (enough to shout)

swear on TV and the letters pour out!

 

I am a child of Great Britain

where love is something

you don’t admit to

talent an attribute best

kept hidden

(for fear of embarrassing the rest)

passion a weakness

that threatens us all

but I need a hug from you

whenever I can

 

I am a child of Great Britain

where we are taught it’s OK

to do evil if it means real jobs

besides if we don’t…

someone else will…

the official excuse for selling bullets to boys

who need bread pudding

and bedtime stories

 

I am a child of Great Britain

where almost four million

still live under the poverty line

where Dunblane happens every four weeks*

but nobody notices (enough to shout)

swear on TV and the letters pour out!

But I need a hug from you

whenever I can.

 

 

*Dr Felicity de Zulueta MSc MA (Cantab) MBChB MRCPsych Honary Consultant Psychiatrist in psychotherapy and clinical lecturer in Traumatic Studies.

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