My regular old age income
from a strict government
sets me free from
fear of unemployment
the demands of boss, clients
the need to go to
other towns countries
for paid employment.

I am free to live in this little flat
and pay its living costs.
I get up when I wake up,
no one is concerned.

I have no car,
no glamorous clothes,
no holidays on foreign soil,
three redundancies ended those.

My home is simple,
no modern decor or
kitchen accessories.

Yet I feel newly released
sitting with a cup of tea
gazing out at the soft blue sky
at flowers, leaves
waving in the wind
outside my living room window.

Previously posted March 2016.


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