INJURED ON DUTY:
As a Police Officer, honest and true With a commitment to take care of ‘you’! I did my job with honour and pride Working all hours, with all else put aside
Even off duty I stayed so alert And kept an eye open for dishonest ‘perps’ The clock and the payment had nothing to do With the time that I spent to look after ‘you’
Imagine my shock, my shame and dismay To find that I wasn’t cared for that way When beaten on duty and damaged enough To be forced to retire, and no longer tough
My life was in pieces, my lifestyle destroyed Not fit to ever again be employed My pension too small to upkeep my home My feelings so hurt that my heart turned to stone
Every relationship broken in two So difficult now to meet anyone new When I asked for help I found none for me The worst of the damage not found yet, you see!
Now my small income has become even less And worse yet to come as I can’t pass the test Which would prove that my ailments are ALL a result Of that fateful day I was beaten to pulp
After 26 years suffering daily ill health My former force is protecting their wealth My feelings, integrity, honesty, and respect don’t count at all as I fall through their net
I now have to fight for my right to exist The assessors make up information to fit The criteria required to keep my pension low After 4 more years of hell to a tribunal I go!
A Lyric Poem