I wonder how he got there,
So cold, it’s January ffs.
Did he have a problem with the drink?
Slipping down that greasy slope,
Nothing there to grasp, to stop the inevitable crash.
Did he lose the love of his life?
Did she stamp he stiletto heel into his heart,
The puncture wound, a fatal one.
Did he lose the job he loved?
His reason to get up each day,
His passion dissolved when the liquidators came in.
Did he have a house before it all went wrong?
Before this shabby blue tent was his home
There’s a driveway and white picket fence.
It frightens me, chills me to the core,
That this can quite easily happen to me.
And yet what do I do?
I turn a blind eye, as I draw a deep breath, shaking my head.
It’s January ffs.
This could be you.
Just one tiny wobble and you could be falling.
And where will you land when the shit hits the fan?
In a little blue tent at Waterloo Station.
I went to London today and as much as I love London it opens my eyes to so many of the problems that we face as a human race. There is so much inequality in the world but I don’t have a clue how to fix it.
It scares me shitless to think that it only takes one thing to go a bit wrong and I could end up on the street. It’s a slippery slope and once things start going wrong you never know where you might end up.
My trip just got me thinking about how somebody can end up in a little tent outside the station and what their life might have been like before. I hope that the guy I saw at the station can get some help. I hope that he can get a place to stay and get a job that he can hold down. I know people can pull themselves out of these situations but I know that it takes a lot of hard work. I pray that they get the support and help and that they have a future that is bright and that they can look forward to.
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