When did I sign up? (A Carers lament)

The stress the strain and endless pain

Is normal in a world where sun is rain

Where white is black

and you daren’t look back

or answer when they say “hey what’s up?”

When was it that for all this I signed up?


Don’t get me wrong I do the caring

not for money or gifts but for love and sharing,

and promises I made on that special day

but hey!  When did I sign up for this?


When I say ‘this’ I mean the effects Is has

on health, both physical, mental, it’s really bad

Anxiety, depression, no support offered

not even a session without all the routine

I’ve just become a caring machine,

who’s had to adapt to a system that’s crap

and for purpose not fit

So when the hell did I sign up for this?


It would appear that I’m a ‘brave volunteer’ who deserves a medal, as I allow the council to take its foot off the pedal, rely on me to prop up the system you see


I do a sterling job and they save a few bob

but it’s all underfunded and become

a national conundrum, that no one wjants

to solve, or has the resolve to change

what we’ve got before it’s too late


So politicians get real and stop taking the piss

Or maybe I’ll throw my hand in

‘cos like I said, I didn’t sign up for this!

The Urban Poet 2019

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Fred Varden

Sat 29th Jun 2019 23:21

Thank you Devon your comments are really appreciated ?

Devon Brock

Wed 19th Jun 2019 23:29

Hey Fred, volunteerism is tough on dedicated souls like yourself. So many get into it, for the best of reasons to find that they cannot stomach the commitment and leave. Hang tough, keep writing great poetry, and know that the politician is not the hand that consoles, yours is.

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Fred Varden

Wed 19th Jun 2019 23:16

Thank you Rose, the care system is more than the ‘mini crisis’ that they report. It’s a real and present danger to us all and shows no signs of improving.

If it wasn’t for writing and performing poetry I wouldn’t be around to complain, it gets that bad. Cheers

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Rose Casserley

Wed 19th Jun 2019 13:45

thank's Fred, not only for a great poem but also for the hard voluntary work that thousands of others like your good self are being left to deal with

and thankfully, that folks like you I believe REALLY do carry out these unpaid and more than often not so easy jobs FOR love and sharing.

more power to your kind community efforts and to your writing.

Rose ?

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