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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Hallway

Door one is for those with questions about their disability check.
Door two is for those who didn’t get their disability check.
Door three is for those who can’t find a doctor to treat their disability.
Door four is for those who have been denied their disability.
Door five is for those who were Sectioned Eight, no disability.
Door six is for those seeking legal advice.
Door seven is for those whose paperwork never not submitted, go back to door one.
Door eight is for those who got kicked out of the shelter for alcohol abuse, go back to door six.
Door nine is for those suffering hallucinations, go back to door three.
Door ten is for those deemed a danger to themselves by door three.
Door eleven with the red sign above it is for those who exhausted one through ten.

15 comments:

Anthony Duce said...

I fear this hallway, always have. I feel so sorry for those who fall through the cracks and end up there. And it seems there are more now. the cracks are turning into one big hole.

Anne Gallagher said...

I hear you on this. Social Services is a nightmare. I wish they would do something to fix this outmoded, broken, system.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Well said!

Jessica Bell said...

:-/ Sounds like the Greek public sector. LOL

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Or the South African public sector...very cutting poem, Yvonne, which makes a strong point!

Judy, South Africa

Pet said...

Oh, this could be a Bertolt Brecht poem! If only it weren't that true too.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Tony,
The crack is one big hole. Well said. Thanks.

Anne,
Me too. Thanks for commenting.

Tricia,
Thank you!

Jessica,
Thanks! So good to hear from you. I think the public sector around the world is taking a beating.

Judy,
I guess this is resonating. Thank you so much.

Pet,
Geez...thanks. So sad it's so true. I wish it weren't. It's especially sad when it's vets and the mentally ill who get the runaround, and those with chronic illnesses and no health insurance.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

So easy to fall through the cracks in our current system. Way too much bureaucracy. Too many doors and in the end, few actually open.

Searching for the Story said...

I feel like this embodies our country's attitude towards mental illness very well.

Jon Paul said...

I'm not sure if awards are your thing, but I've given you one over at my place. Thanks for keeping things so groovy! :D

Yvonne Osborne said...

Carol,
Thank you for commenting. I wish we could put you in charge of fixing it!

Ethan,
Thanks.

Jon Paul,
Who doesn't like awards? Here I come. I've even combed my hair.

farawayeyes said...

Hi Yvonne: Redirected from Jon Paul's space. Checking out the company I keep.

Today's comments; breaking my heart. The numbers increase exponentially here in the Caribbean. You can't even imagine. Even in paradise, that same corridor and all those doors.

Thank you.I'll be back.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I know there's no such thing as paradise on earth. Thanks for commenting!

Ed Pilolla said...

this is so good for so many reasons. it has the specific knowledge that the reader knows you know what you are talking about. it also builds a scene. and i love lean and mean writing. so well done.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Ed,
Thank you so much! My writing has seldom been called lean and mean. In fact, I think this is the first time anyone has said that. I often veer off in several directions and have to pull myself back kicking and screaming.