What is the ‘negative impact’
of a few hungry souls sleeping rough?
Why should we care, when we’re tucked in our beds,
that they’re out in the cold and not eating enough?
What is the point of such cruelty?
Can it be, really, to ‘clean up’ our streets?
How can it help to take blankets and clothes
from a man with no shoes on his feet?
And what is the ‘negative impact’ on us
of this power that crushes the poor,
when Duty excuses oppression
and love finds no place in the Law?
‘Negative impact’: what does it mean?
And who is that bloke for whom the bell rings?
Woopedy-doo: today, it’s not you.
Who knows, though, what set-backs
tomorrow might bring?
© Abigail Wyatt
Police 'reduce negative impact of rough sleepers'
Abigail Wyatt is one of the editors of 'Poetry24' and the co-editor, with Duncan Yeates, of two anthologies of new Cornish voices, 'Murder of Krows 1 and 2'. Otherwise, she writes poetry and short fiction and does what she can to foster and encourage the development of poetry in her home area.