How are you doing this week?
I came across this in a folder recently, which I'd forgotten about. It's likely based on a real news story. I'm sure you can work out what it's about.
Not fallen. Merely forgotten.
In no man’s territory
Where man and woman reside
On an already
Slipped through the cracks
Yet there are no chasms
That snatch people from their homes.
They do more than walk amongst us
They are us.
But not unseen.
We remove our gaze
As it’s easier to convince ourselves
It’s someone else’s problem.
Professionals sign away a chemical release
As there’s always others to attend to
And no one wants to make the big call
As rights weigh more than sense.
So when sixty eight year old daddy
Is carved up in his loungeroom
By child number two
It’s simpler to pinpoint the devil
Than the details
And blame it on the Abyss.
Many others are out on the street who are not able to look after themselves. There's a whole big discussion here but many horrific situations like the one above have taken place as a result, often with family members as the first in line to take the fall.
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