Hi Steve - This was very Dickensian, and the verses were moved by the same compassionate spirit which moved the Great Man.
The saddest thought of all, is that things have not changed that much since Dickens's day.
How many kids are still to be seen, living on our streets, dressed in unsuitably thin clothes to keep out the winter chills
Cold granules drift up against the ragged clothes,
a bare toe pokes out.
Today the bare toe might poke out from a threadbare trainer - but the cold feet remain, to shame us all.