73rd Hong Kong Speech Festival, 2021

BOYS

No Bread By Ian McMillan

I wish I’d made a list
I forgot to get the bread
If I forget it again
I’ll be dead.

We had blank and butter pudding,
beans on zip.
Boiled egg with deserters,
no chip butty: just chip.

I wish I’d made a list
I forgot to get the bread.
My mam got the empty bread bin
and wrapped it round my head.

Our jam sarnies were just jam
floating on the air.
We spread butter on the table
cos the bread wasn’t there.

My mam says if I run away
she knows I won’t be missed,
not like the bread was…
I wish I’d made a list!