Leafy Barnet, not known for squalor,
has a vermin-infested favela
An agglomeration of plastic, rubble, rats and waste
where economic migrants eke out a daily living –
washing in rivers and streams,
sending home money earned,
labouring off the books, under the radar.
Ironically helping to beautify
half million pound houses which surround them
with brick and cement, clipped lawns and accents
returning home to a shanty town
without light or water or heat.