Welfare Office Visit

As I approached the downtown
welfare office for an official
form for my latest phase of
the paid up pensioners’ club
two security guards stopped
me at the glass front door.

Name, appointment time, reasons
for visit, ID, they required.
I gawped at them, no appointment,
only requesting a form.  They accepted
my pensioner gold card for ID.

Welfare offices here have
recently had threatening visits,
knives flourished, staff shot.
I know they must stay safe.

I still feel little old ladies
are unlikely to shoot welfare
staff but maybe I am wrong.

Welfare Office Visit


From their august benches in
our courts of law judges have
issued forth. They’ve had a
gutsful this past year now they
sock us in the solar plexus.

The youth court judge moved off
to Commissioner for Children then
spoke his mind on care for our
troubled and troubling children.

A senior high court judge moved to
Chief Ombudsman’s office then spoke
his mind on care for our troubled
and troubling mental patients.

Both gave us all  mighty blast,
made us sit up in surprise.
Their once measured judges’
statements now very blunt reports.

Yet we should not be so surprised
for over a century ago their
predecessors in district courts
founded societies to rehabilitate
constant repeat offenders.

Judges now still see repeat
offenders in repeating situations.
They are choosing action on
today’s public news media.



Do weight watchers and
Jenny Craig attend diabetes
classes to learn the best
meals for diabetic customers ?

How much do customers
pay them to attend these
time consuming classes ?

As late stage diabetes patients
fill hospitals and medical
centres our government sets
up classes to halt this flow.

Living on a pension I attend
these free classes myself
learning to cook new meals,
understanding medications,
blood tests, care of feet.

Information overload !

We must reduce our intake of
alcohol, meat, carbohydrates,
some diabetics drop out of classes.
All the findings of modern
science are too hard for them.

This information from my classes
now fills a ringbinder. I told my
friend I could sit exams on
all this scientific outpouring.

She says I could pass these exams.

Would weight watchers and
Jenny Craig pass the exams ?