Sunday 01 August, 2021

Living on benefits ‘is a sentence and never a choice’

A heartfelt and emotional poem about the benefits system by Adrian Chan-Wyles.

Living on the Benefits System 

Is a sentence and never a choice! 

Disability torment… 

Claimant scrutiny. 

The Able ask: 

‘Can you work, talk or walk?’ 

Do you want to buy a wheelchair? 

Blue Badge? Bus Pass? Audition for your life? 

We are not made of money! 

Yes – you pay your tax… 

But so do we! 

Discrimination and recrimination!  

Can you lift a box? 

Drive a forklift? 

Dig a hole? 

Did you declare your change of circumstances? 

Benefit sanctions, 

Mental health deviation. 

Prison is threatened… 

Suicide beckons… 

A poem by Adrian Chan-Wyles (Registered Blind) 

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