La Vie Est Belle

Milk sours as the ravens wait
Corroding pipes ooze jaundiced puss
Roofs are crumbling
Boilers grumbling
Neighbours fight and tear and cuss

Grazing knees on grubby turf
Cruel glass tops concrete walls
Children paling
Babies wailing
Punctured tyres and missing balls

Dripping taps and open drains
Car alarms rip through the night
Knives are flashing
Lives are crashing
In a tree a broken kite




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