Flag of the I’m All Right, Jack

Letter lectures on the need for further disability cuts,
seemingly saying “Go get a job, you work shy sluts!”.
Muscles move reluctantly, motions each echoed by a crack.
Agonisingly asks “How?”, pain punctuating her back.
Too few copper coins to purchase pills, NHS takes flak.
Do you fly flag for the “So long as I’m all right, Jack”?

As refugees recoil, borders begin to tighten their teeth,
back home bodies burn above and bodies buried beneath.
Seeking salvation but their future is becoming black.
Looking like nobody is willing to take up their slack.
Wave farewell forever through hope’s closing crack.
Do you fly flag for the “So long as I’m all right, Jack”?

As politician’s pistols reload and adjust their sights,
they turn to target another one of our Human Rights.
When the tables turn and their sights settle on you,
your feet forced into a too tight, tatty, terrified shoe,
when we find ourselves holding, hoarding what you lack,
will we fly flags for the “So long as I’m all right, Jack”?

Copyright © 2016 Philip Craddock. All rights reserved.

4 thoughts on “Flag of the I’m All Right, Jack

    1. Thank you very much. 🙂 I hope you enjoy reading some of my other poems when you have time to do so. If so, I’d appreciate it if you Followed my site.

      Regarding this particular poem, my girlfriend has more than one disability (and is one of the most amazing people I’ve met), my brother’s girlfriend is Spanish and I have many foreign friends. So seeing disability cuts coming from the ruling political party whilst others disguise racism and xenophobia as politics does bother me.

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      1. I am a retired nurse. I know exactly what you mean. I have a friend whose son joined the military to provide decent care for his son, who has Cerebral Palsy. The mother just deserted him. The grandmother is raising and caring for the boy! Something needs to be done!!

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