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Mother Eater

Why did you do it, why did you do it 
What possessed you to become a cannibal 
To turn on your mother in her old age 
And leave her in a pile on the floor

Your neighbours found you roasting the meat 
And wondered about your bizarre actions 
There had been no hunting that day 
Only you knew what had happened

And yet you were feasting on meat 
And your mother was missing 
And suddenly the truth came out 
You were roasting your mother for dinner

They will say you were insane and so are excused 
But what makes one human eat another 
And when it is your mother 
Is this double insanity or something more

Is the human being a natural cannibal 
Controlled only by the rules of society
Now and then someone slips through the net 
And we label him insane or something else

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