No Compensation – Written Thursday 18th October 2001 (Aged 26)

No Compensation

no compensation claim
no legal writ
for the pain
or the parachute that hope ripped
take your time
that is my only tip
i once thought the mary celeste
would be my ship
it was a moment of panic
but i was stuck between that
and the sad splendour of the titanic
no lawyers,
to chase down the claims
no money,
to turn away the pain
religion is just a painting,
of jesus in an opulent frame
his disciples are waiting
yet mankind is still lame
why should we expect miracles
making the most of our lot
some of it is ill-gotten
but some people are special
and they should never be forgotten

James Garratt – Thursday 18th October 2001

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