She took up English as a hobby.
She studied from the books she took out from the library.
There was a lot to take in.
So she took down a lot of notes.
After a while, her English began to really take off.
She lived for eating and
lived off her rich husband and politics.
She lived on cream cakes and ice-cream.
If only she could live down her floppy jelly belly.
If she felt let down by her English,
she didn’t let on.
When the marriage broke up,
he broke out in sweat,
she broke down in tears
and the kids broke away to have fun.
He blew up the balloons for the kids.
He blew up the wedding photos for the new wife.
He blew up the photos of the ex-wife with TNT.
The boss blew in without warning.
He blew up when he saw nobody working.
She sat in for the teacher.
Sat through many parent meetings.
Sat by while the pupils ran riot
and sat around doing nothing.
Sofia liked to play around.
She really liked to play at being a bad cat.
When she was hungry she would play up to anybody
who could feed her, playing upon any weakness
and if they didn’t, she would just play up.
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Her English was holding her back.
Without better English,
she could not hold down a good job.
But she didn’t hold with studying too much.
She would hold out as long as she could.