Scrounger (Poetry Form 46: Bop)

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April 28, 2012 by Sez

The Bop is a poetry form created by poet Afaa Michael Weaver. It’s a bit like a sonnet in that it presents a problem, expands on the problem and offers a resolution. After each stanza there’s a two line refrain.

This poem was directly inspired by this video. Westminster Council should hang their heads in shame.

SCROUNGER

This house is her enemy. It hates her.
Its narrow corridors conspire against her until
Bones shatter against concrete. Her chair
Is useless here, folded in the corner.
She shuffles in slow motion agony
Brought low by this place she has to call home.

Because these so called disableds
Just want an easy life.

If she were a dog, there’d be arrests.
She curls up in her corner on a blanket
Drinks water from the bath tap when she’s thirsty.
The carer puts food down and then leaves her.
Light switches and doorbells are too high, now.
But no matter how she whines,
How many times she sits up and begs,
The government will leave her kenneled there.

Because these so called disableds
Just want an easy life.

Due to the problems we inherited
From the last government, austerity
Is essential to make Britain a safe
Haven in this great financial crisis.
Over reliance on benefits must be curtailed.
We must get tough and kick the cane away

Because these so called disableds
Just want an easy life.

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