Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

POEM OF THE DAY; A Good Friend

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

POEM OF THE DAY; A Good Friend

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IT can't be true must be a mistake I saw him just weeks ago He said he was feeling better, not so low Said he'd come to see me soon, one afternoon I'd persuaded him to see his doctor About two years ago his nerves were very frayed He'd said that the dole office were always on his back Telling him he'd have to do this course or do that!

What happens if you are too ill and you can't? I'd asked They would take more money away They don't seem interested in how anyone feels To them I am unreal just a number Anyone with a brain could see this man's pain He'd had a meltdown, a mental break down No one fully recovers from that. In summers gone by he'd been a Godsend He had helped me to weed my garden I'd cook him a meal and we would chat for a while Kind and considerate always good mannered A sadness seeped from his soul that I saw in his eyes Every day was a struggle to make ends meet To see his daughter would have been such a treat He tried in vain for many years his ex had taken her away When she was only five that little girl had been his world He loved her so very much but wasn't allowed to keep in touch Now no more feeling cold as the heating cost too much to use No more signing on the dole feeling useless and abused Now no worrying about the past Wondering if his little girl's love would last If one day they would meet again He had found peace at last A neighbour was concerned No one had seen him come out of his flat, Not for days Now I'll remember him always in my prayers. …

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