Twas One Month Before Heartbreak

Dear Readers

This is the Disability Voices contribution to One Month Before Heartbreak- the Broken of Britain Blogswarm that starts today and ends on Sunday. It’s an original poem written by me, though Emma and Kali get credit for contributing compliments!

‘Twas One Month Before Heartbreak

‘Twas one month before heartbreak, and all through the town
Bloggers were blogging stories of their own
The stories were written with love and with care
And knowledge that heartbreak, it soon would be there

The children were settled all snug in their beds
But nightmares of heartbreak raced round in their heads
Mothers in dresses, dads in baseball caps
Were woken by tears from dreams and from naps

Out in the streets there was such a clatter
That the mainstream came out to see what was the matter
Over to windows they ran in a flash
Tore open shuttters and pulled up the sash

The sun, making slush of old melted snow,
Gave a fake brightness to the cold streets below
And what to their wondering eyes should appear
But eight wheelchair users, in a row, free of fear

With little old carers quite lively and quick
And a young man with a guide dog and a little white stick
More rapid than eagles the little group came
Screaming and shouting, calling Government Ministers by name

“Now Cameron, Osborne and IDS too
Miller, you’ve joined them, we were counting on you!
To the back bench, or the end of the Earth,
Go anywhere you like, our votes you’re not worth!”

At high speed those wheelchairs flew
The guide dog, the white stick and the young man too
Demanding the money they needed to live
That the Ministers threatened no longer to give

Once they had called it DLA
Now they threatened in a short month to take it away
These people protested to stop its replacement
With something called PIP- a seed?- at my basement

They were dressed in fur from their head to their feet
Their clothes were covered in old snow and new sleet
I noticed laptops and mice on their laps
And walkers with cameras taking some snaps

To post on their blogs tomorrow, no doubt
To speak the thousand words of a long day out
Their hands they were joined in friendship forever
I didn’t think they would give up, not never!

Not till they got what they wanted, at least
To keep DLA, then they’d pay for a feast
They smiled up at me as they raced out of sight
Saying “Help us keep DLA, please, you know it’s right!”



About samedifference1

Samedifference1 celebrates differences and similarities between the DisAbility community and the rest of the world, most often through her writing, in the company of her laptop, which she'd be lost without. When not blogging, she reads or writes for any magazine desperate enough to publish her scribbles. She enjoys the company of old friends, good books and cats.
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