In Modern Studies
we built a shanty town.
We paraded outside
to the playground waving
and cardboard scraps
and the teacher split
us into families.
Mine ran to the railings
with our piece of blue tarpaulin
and pierced one end through the spikes.
We used broken tree branches as tent poles
for the rest and decorated
the entrance with daisies.
When we were finished
we stood back
to admire our creation then realised
only one person could fit inside.
So we took turns stooping low
and lying on the dirt floor,
until the roof collapsed
and the tarpaulin lay like an ocean
and the daisies cascaded downwards,
and we were no longer sheltered.