pennies

Pressing levers for pennies
sat in a sweat box bar
side to side
us rummies
sucking up as fast
as they got poured
back on the building site
toting bricks
lifting roof tiles
digging to china
every single
day
all that mattered
was
can you do your bit
hold yourself true
what kind of man
are you?
I hadn’t realised
I was sitting deep
pretty
in my white male
privilege
dog tired
sloping off to cheap
rooms
caravans parked on mud
broke before pay day
every single week
counting pennies
to eat
blacks
spanish
browns
portuguese
irish
scots
all of us
had nothing
but
the next hard working week
while i?
at least
there was my
white privilege
to feed on.

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