Doggerel Dave

Seen: a number of teenage girls with prams.

I assumed a lack of contraception;

Logical – proof pushed by these little lambs,

Though possibly this was with intention….


An observation needs an answer why:

Family poverty, but no place to go?

No roof, no future, it’s not worth a try;

Then a child upon whom love she could bestow.


I must admit this is speculation;

So provide your own answer to these deeds.

This Economy provides no option:

There’s no ‘to each according to their needs’.

  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 20th, 2023 01:49
  • Comment from author about the poem: Evolved from a conversation at a previous pin. (Concerning Some ‘C’ Words). Further speculation: In a very limited way, they are lucky – they have support from a family of perhaps limited vision and limited resources. But how does it work out for young kids in really dysfunctional families with nowhere to go? Even further, all offspring should have the chance to leave the parental home and become autonomous individuals in their own right, and it just ain’t happening.
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  • crypticbard

    Should half of pram occupants answer to Earnest it would be an interesting several decades following.

    • Doggerel Dave

      Come on Rik - there are more important speculations with respect to their fates several decades following...

      • crypticbard

        You may be right thee Dave, you may be right!

      • Bella Shepard

        Your point is well taken. My thought is that we really don't understand the overwhelming responsibility of bringing a human being into this world. If we truly did, there may be far fewer of us. Every human life deserves the opportunity to achieve their potential. It seems we have a long way to go. Keep us thinking dear poet, with your insightful writes!

        • Doggerel Dave

          You certainly see where I’m coming from, Bella. That’s a relief, because I wonder if at times I live too much in my head to the exclusion of other’s understanding.
          You’ve also opened up a whole new topic in the mention of the responsibilities involved in parenting. Terrifying, and I cannot but feel that far too few people have the skills and resources to do it properly.
          I always await your comments hopefully and welcome them with gratitude.

        • Neville

          the solution to this most intriguing and otherwise profound anomaly is far from easy and is likely way beyond me .. but I am indeed working on it sir ..

          • Doggerel Dave

            Thanks for that, Nev. Should you get anywhere, would it be too much to suggest I'd like to hear of the result?

          • sorenbarrett

            Have to admit I had to look up what a pram is. Then it all made sense and I agree. In todays society of fatherless homes there are few other options. A sad commentary.

            • Doggerel Dave

              Oh dear - cultural clash again (LOL). 'Prams' I thought was universal... Few other options when a roof over one's head is unaffordable for so many, as is education and the chance of a decent future. Thanks for the call, Soren.

            • PoetVids - I am WriteBeLight only in Video Version :)

              I get what you are saying, and I agree. Nice work as always. DD

            • Iva Hotko

              The subject you opened with your poem is very complex. Everything starts with the society one lives in. And how is the world doing today on a social care scale? I'm not talking about financial support here but general care, education and rights of all the people in one community. Are countries investing in prevention of potential social problems or are they just pushing everything under the rug and opening a way for individuals to profit from misfortune that could have been prevented?
              Let's not forget the human component in all of this as well as sociological. Nothing is simple with humans, you can have a vision of input and reaction that in reality would not happen. Free will is very unreliable factor in the equation that at first can seem very simple and efficient.

              • Doggerel Dave

                I like to open up complex issues and hope a smidgen of brutal truth might fly out and at least raid someone’s consciousness somewhere.. Given my antiquity it is all I have left… 🥲 (take no notice🤣 ).
                There is nothing in your post I could possibly disagree with. Just as a case in point, my country is building more ‘detention centres’ for kids who are out on the streets at night getting up to? Voting property owners want their property protected….Zero chance of convincing them that any other course of action…engagement with the kids? The insane concept of the sanctity of the family when so many are dysfunctional…..and so on…..

                • Iva Hotko

                  Social situation today in any country is hard and when viewed only causes one to feel bad.
                  Your antiquity ( love that phrase 😁) is most welcome in cases like this because you can compare state of the country/ society much better and give a critique.
                  Authorities never look for solution, or very rarely do, because on a long term they cost money. Quick solutions with minimum engagement and superficial care are the best 😒
                  Problems like the one you are pointing out here will only bring bigger problems and off course authority will never be to blame for not taking action because they gave money to build detention centers - they care, it's everyone's else's fault, and most possibly the left wing party 🙄

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