The Food Banks

Food Banks are thriving
people queueing for dignity
boxes packed with disbelief
poverty in a packet.

a new poor law
replacing debtors prisons
political prisoners
in public cells.

a monument to memory
recalling the workhouse
pinch-faced days
displaced by stigma.

destitute families
pampered by necessity
fugitives from want
eating mandatory diets.

gourmets of gratitude
swallowing humiliation
like stale crusts
from a deformed banquet.

pride a psychological pain
self-sacrifice needed
compassion in short supply
past its use-by date.

Alan Ford has been writing poetry for about eight months and is interested in unusual subjects rather than traditional ones. His work has been published by literary magazines Down in the Dirt and Ariel Chart. Read other articles by Alan.