There But For the Grace of God

A study by the homelessness charity, Shelter, showed that more than 1 in 3 workers in the UK are one payday away from not being able to pay their rent or mortgage. Furthermore, 3 times as many homeless people as those in secure accommodation have suffered a significant relationship breakdown.  The people we see living on the street have met a bump in the road and fallen off.  That could be us.

 

There but for the grace of God go I,

Haggard face: drawn, grey.

Searching bins for scraps of food

And nowhere safe to stay.

 

There but for the grace of God go I,

Ragged clothes: worn, old.

Carrying a crumpled world

And shaking with the cold.

 

There but for the grace of God go I,

Huddled frame: weak, thin.

Drinking to shut out the pain

And ready to give in.

 

There but for the grace of God go I,

Broken life: smashed, spent.

Spiralled since the job went west

And, with it, all the rent.

 

There but for the grace of God go I,

Mind in bits: cracked, beat.

One relationship breaks down

And home is now the street.

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