One Small Step

One Small Step by Weeping Willow is a powerful poem filled with angst and despair. Weeping Willow is a homeless person on the verge of suicide because of the inhumanity of society. The language is as raw as it is powerful…

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Raven’s 12 received a poem from afar, outside of Wales: a poem carried on the Wings of a Dove and passed to one of our number before being delivered into the embrace of Gallybloggers.

We are most grateful to receive this poem: it is one of several handed to us in recent months highlighting the inadequacy and tragic consequences of a failing UK Social Security System that is no longer fit for purpose in this modern age. It is not wholly inclusive in its ability to assess an individual for benefit fairly, it is a system that diminishes the impact and challenge of Mental Health disorders affecting the lives of Benefit claimants and blatantly encourages desperation when eligibility criteria removes opportunity for benefit from very vulnerable people. It is a Social Security System that fails miserably to recognise Mental Health disorders, and actively seeks to diminish the opportunity for those needing to claim who are restricted in their daily lives and mobility due to recognised, diagnosed, mental health…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

2 thoughts on “One Small Step”

  1. Sir John, Namaste 🙂

    Once more into the breach my dear friend standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Scarecrows on behalf of the Homeless! We are indeed strengthened by your camaraderie, driven in fact to stand firm in the face of adversity and walk our path standing tall until the very end!

    Yes indeed John, a despairing poem balanced on the precarious, slippery edge of extinction. Whether physical or psychological the sentiment expresses deep angst and turmoil…suicide being one of the potential consequences of ‘Benefit Withdrawal’, which sadly isn’t yet recognised as a Mental Health condition itself, but certainly needs to be considered as such. Methods of application for Social Security are subject to severe uncompromising eligibility criteria seeking to compartmentalise the totality of someone’s life into a set of numbers delivered by an assessment inconsiderate of mental health disorders. Awards issued on the back of medical assessment criteria that do not fairly support those with mental health conditions can never deliver a fair result for those claimants affected. Government policy is not inclusive of all medical conditions that either affect ability for work, or require provision to be made on awards for personal care needs and mobility.

    Those who are Homeless in the UK are thwarted in their application for benefits mainly because they do not have a fixed abode and/or are deemed Homeless. Realistically it shouldn’t be a question of semantics, the conditions that a person lives in, the availability of choice they actually have and the provision they can make for themselves is far better indication of their ‘domestic stability’: for example if one is Homeless there is zero stability and zero provision one an make for oneself legally outside of the kindness and goodwill of the public…and begging is a crime in the UK even if you are literally starving. Social Security entitlement is often not made available because individuals have no stability in their life. If there are mechanisms in place to permit those without homes to claim social security then either they need to be broadcast more loudly and more often, or provision must be made to permit eligibility by the Homeless through more embracing and inclusive criteria: denial of benefit has potential to be critically impacting in lives.

    The figures reported by the National newspapers are very concerning and highlights inadequacy in the Social Security System, that method and assessments used in qualification for Benefit is not fit for purpose, and has potential to be destructive to those applying as much those disallowed or denied continuity in awarded payments. The effects can be devastating for someone living totally hand-to-mouth to have social security payments stopped or even paused.

    Gallybloggers meet numerous Homeless who advise the State cannot support them, assist them, provide basic living expenses to them. It is despairing that so many tell the same sorry tale of refusal or denial when their situation tells a totally different story. The causes of Homelessness are complex and varied, but the reasons for it are academic to the fact that it exists and must be considered as a real issue, and in so doing means for State support to be given to the Homelessness made a priority with equal precedence given to eradication of Child Poverty. 3.7 million children in the UK alone live in poverty and a majority of those households derive an income. It is obscene.

    We very much appreciate you re-blogging this post on your side of the puddle. Understandably the perspective of those outside of the UK will be different to the feelings experienced here, but there is no denying the ferocity of sentiment expressed here, nor indeed the evidence to support the poem globally. It exists in America and Canada. It is a tragedy that human life can be so poorly considered by any government least of the UK Government, one of the top ten richest countries in the world that once professed ownership of the best Social Security System in the world. The UK led the way. It’s current state might suggest that human life plays second fiddle to the godless god of money.

    With gratitude and sincere thanks. Our kindest regards and best wishes Good Sir Knight 🙂

    God Bless. Namaste 🙂

    DN and Raven’s 12

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