A poem by: Ben Dunk. 1966.
STATE CARE STATE
Mother plays at Bingo’
Father shifts his work.
Juniors got the key of the door
at five year’s old.
Ten stolen bicycle’s lie’
rotting in the shed.
Parents turn a blind eye ,
when they see roof lead-
or, borrow half-a-bar
to last until the draw,
at Thursday’s welfare hand out,
sponsored by the state.
Daughter’s in her fourteenth year
And had her first abortion.
“Put her on the pill”, they say.
“Save her by precaution”.
Gone are days of loving care
and rapturous attention.
“Be quiet Johnny, go and play Johnny;
“I can’t read to you tonight Johnny.”
“I’m off now for a date.”
“Daddy won’t be home ‘til late,
he’s working through the night.”
“Please put out the cat,
turn off the Telly and the light.”
“Lizzy don’t forget your pill,
in case the Punk’s should call.”