Leafy Barnet, not known for squalor,

has a vermin-infested favela


Irregular occupation

cramped conditions

subnormal circumstances.

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.