Heat or Eat? The Pensioners' Peril.........A Political Poem

blackangelwings By blackangelwings, 5th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1m3-e4yn/
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Many of our pensioners are suffering behind closed doors in homes they are afraid to heat because of the huge hikes in charges being made by the Power providers. With the Winter fuel payments being cut back many will be forced to choose, 'heat or eat?'

Heat or Eat? The Pensioners' Peril .......A Political Poem

Heat
Snowbound pensioners face heating fears
Behind closed doors they shed all their tears
Winter fuel payments going down fast
I wonder how long the gas bottle will last?
Trying to live out a life on the pension
So many house repairs needing attention
Worrying daily about heating costs
Their number one visitor must be Jack Frost
So afraid of having the gas and electricity turned off
They're trying hard to ignore her persistent cough
Every-thing's now cut to the bone
How can 'we be in this together' when they feel so alone?
The fuel bill sits unopened on the hall mat
Soon they'll be forced to part with the cat

Doctor calls to take more blood pressure tests
He's not just worried about the cold on their chests
He refuses the offer of a hot cup of tea
He can tell they need it more than he
Is this what they came through the war for?
To do all their shopping at the discount store?
Clothes bought from the jumble and Charity shop rails
It's off to the Library if all else fails
Take your time over free newspapers and books
You'll be warm enough to leave before the Librarians next pitying look

They're now queuing up late each night
To join in the scramble for the knock-down food delights
Familiar faces in the supermarket queue
A smile from the checkout girl and a kind word or two
He feels he's let down the family and spouse
When they're forced to live in two rooms of their three bed-roomed house
He's choosing the lowest temperature that they can bare
Whilst others are sipping champagne in mid air.

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Cold, Colds, Fuel, Fuel Hikes, Pension, Pensioners, Snow, Weather

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author avatar blackangelwings
Hi, I have lived all my life in the beautiful county of Gloucestershire in England. I love to write especially poems. I write for fun and to relax but some of my subjects may seem dark. I seem to have the ability to write down and share ideas about ...(more)

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author avatar Louise
5th Apr 2011 (#)

fantastic they just keep getting better and better................ keep up the good work sista lol

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author avatar blackangelwings
6th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank-you for your kind words.
This poem was written from the heart. thanks for reading. love and light.

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