“UC What You’ve Done” – #NationalPoetryDay Reader Contribution

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Today, Thursday 4th October 2018, is National Poetry Day. National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by The Charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience.

Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

I received this powerful piece from a reader today who asked that I share it. To reflect the times we are living in they asked that it be penned under the name “Charles Dickens.”


‘UC’ what you’ve done

They leave them dying in the street

Cold and hungry cause they didn’t eat

They sanction them for being late

But for your appointment they make you wait

Darwin wrote the fittest survive,

But you need to eat to stay alive.

You need clothes and shoes and heat,

You need to pay- you have bills to meet.

A percentage of our GDP,

Goes to companies overseas.

It goes full circle props up the banks,

It buys the guns it buys the tanks.

Hundreds are dying every week,

It’s not reported they dare not speak.

Stripped of dignity stripped of pride,

Because of rights they are denied.

Be it – PIP- UC or ESA,

It makes no difference to McVey.

Let me appeal through this poem,

Please don’t let them lose their home.

We are just human at end of day,

But you will face your god some day.

By ‘Charles Dickens’


The poet has asked that you share this across your social media platforms and tag Esther McVey so it increases the chance that she sees it. Remember to use #NationalPoetryDay when sharing it or maybe you’ll write your own.


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One comment

  • Gershom Gewissenmann

    Good poem. I don’t write them but I have-do read a great deal of them and they are friends. Here’s one to ‘google’ which encourages and inspires me

    “Say not the struggle nought availeth,… By Aurthur Hugh Clough 1819-1861

    We are the “main” he names.

    Be well, keep on