POEM: Is this real family life?

Will plain packaging mean fewer smokers?
Will plain packaging mean fewer smokers?

Dad belches and salutes the family crest

-a four pack and a camouflage vest

“Here’s to me and f**k the rest !”

His kid sucks on a sherbet dip

And gurns as e numbers take their grip

With the chemical rush of a saline drip

Then when hunger pangs start to nip

Mum abracadabras a tray of oven chips

Which they stuff between chapped lips

Seated and sated they pause a while

Before their lord and saviour Jeremy Kyle

And mock the fractured, shamed and vile. Amen,

Nick Verity

Padiham