THE KID WITH THE KEYS TO THE KITCHEN

He’s the kid with the keys to the kitchen

and he smiles as he waves them in the air

while we stand in line, snigg’rin and bitching

waiting to go in and get our share

and when we’ve cooked everything that he’s asked us

and put everything back in its place

then he’ll let us out with our rations

on our old school dinner trays

and we smile as we pass through the doorway

and say thanks, and you’re the man

because tomorrow we know we’ll be hungry

and we’ll have to come here again

THE KID WITH THE KEYS TO THE KITCHEN

tale of 2 cities

duplo rainbow

soft applause

cynthia’s come back

from the war

she can’t talk to

u no more

send that black girl

to the fray

let that white boy

bring your tray

and stay

out of the way

see emily say:

it’s a tale

it’s a tale of 2 cities

and u can’t sit

u just can’t see it

warning lights

squeaky brakes

keep her going

for my sake

only so much

she can take

yesterday

life was tough

q 4 scraps

at the trough

now the trough’s

been boarded up

see emily say:

it’s a tale

it’s a tale of 2 cities

and u can’t sit

u just can’t see it

don’t clap 4 me auntie tina

i never signed up    2 die young

i never signed up    2 bail u out

i never messed with captain tom

next time u c me

u better run

got your mama

in a cage

keep the numbers

off the page

keep on working

hold your rage

smell the tears

of market clowns

know which side

the butter’s on

words fly out

hearts go zoom

tale of 2 cities