Daily poem: Essence 22

I’m not going to give in to the temptation to write about yet another massive public service strike.


In morning light frost furs—

last winter night murmurs.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

14 thoughts on “Daily poem: Essence 22”

    1. Thanks Willow! The strike is basically all the public service workers and the students and high school pupils, ie the ones that belong to the biggest trade unions and who won’t lose a day’s pay by striking or just miss a day of school, to protest about all sorts of things. The health service needs more money, but doctors need to stop sending people on thermal cures, or prescribing treatment and operations they don’t need too. The railway workers are striking because their special privileges are going to be stopped. The teachers are striking about changes to the school rhythm (I think) the students are striking because someone has suggested it might be a good idea to have some kind of selection at entry to university rather than university being a right if you pass the Bac. At the moment it’s a way of relieving youth unemployment. Pensions are going to be taxed when they reach a rate of roughly twice what my husband earns so the rich pensioners are in the streets. There are problems, but as soon as I hear that the public service workers are protesting to protect the interests of society, my eyes glaze over. They’re like everyone else, they are protecting their own interests. They’re not plaster saints!

      1. Indeed there are no plaster saints left! It is the same everywhere, ourNHS is on its knees though we don’t have thermal cures on offer and the length of waits for operations is now b

      2. The waiting lists are beyond a joke. Trains… Don’t get me started on trains, the students haven’t had a stroke for a while 😱💜

      3. The news report at lunchtime said that 55% of the opinion sample were in favour of the strike. It forgot to mention that at last count, almost 60% of the working population is in the public sector…There are lots of reasons for discontent, but let’s stop pretending that the gas man and the person selling tickets at the station or not selling you anything in the post office are doing their job out of a higher sense of civic duty.

    1. The strike doesn’t affect us today but it will if it spills over and disrupts the trains tomorrow. Youngest won’t like walking to school either. It’s miles!
      I hope last night was the last night of winter. We woke up to a blanket of frost. That was not supposed to happen…

      1. It won’t be. There are too many different issues involved. We’re in the commemoration of May 68 period (it started in March) so what better way to remember it than with strikes and demos?

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