Inside the Mind of Davy D
Where Words and Worlds Collide in Poetry
January 16, 2018
Beak, Bed and Breakfast, Food Bank, Judge, Magistrate, Poetry, Senryu
Beak – A 16th Century English slang term referring to a Judge or Magistrate.
I didn’t know that. Oh and by the way, yes, I do deliver to the UK, if you fly me over lol 😏
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The term is still used in some parts of London and by the police. I will start saving Miriam 🙂
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Excellent. Look forward to it. 🙂
especially in colder harsh weather eh Mr D?
Indeed so Gina, and sadly the situation for the homeless and poor is getting worse over here in the UK.
and I also had a thought last night that as the world becomes border less, I see more people become home less, we had a good discussion on this at my last poetry club, a fellow member works for the UNHCR, and we had a rare insight into the bleak situation for rejected and poverty definitely adds to their woe. when someone writes about this, it brings the issues forward and I am proud to know a writer like you Davy, standing up for what you believe in. we don’t have a huge homeless situation here but our immigrant society is growing unbounded. its draining resources and the government is struggling to house them properly.
That is a very good point Gina and we have a similar situation here in the UK with refugees, from the troubles in the Middle East, trying to get here. The resources for such a small island are being stretched to the limit. Like you say, this is a world problem and there needs to be a more coordinated response from world leaders.
if we don’t we may see an annihilation of an entire race not by famine or genocide but by indifference and negligence. I am glad you wrote this post Davy. it’s really made me rethink where humanity is headed under veiled good intentions.
Your thoughts and words are so right Gina. In the UK the Government talk about poverty and homelessness but the gap between rich and poor is widening.
Beautifully written and photographed Davy I can visualise this homeless hoping for a two months as the winter passes and the glint of empathy in the “Beak’s” eyes.
Thank you Miriam. Most of the Beaks I encountered were good sorts and tried their best in difficult circumstances. Their hands were tied most of the time.
And who can blame them Davy, the shame is that is often the only way to get state aid.
Great piece !
Thank you Nigel and I appreciate your words. I spent two years as a custody sergeant and was part of the filter between the streets and the courts. Many of the people who came through the system suffered with mental health problems and it was always a battle for the police and the courts to get them the help they needed. Sadly nothing has changed in twenty years and it seems to have got worse.
Well done, Davy. You’ve captured the time of the year, the plight of too many, and evoked my empathy — all with 17 syllables. 🙂 (and I learned a new word – Beak)
Thank you Gwen. There was a lot of experience hidden in those 17 syllables and something that is still close to my heart. Unfortunately over here in the UK the situation is getting worse.
Lmao. Thank you for enlightening me. You really write outa the box. Yay 😊
Thank you yassy 🙂
I once knew a man who would work in construction all summer. As soon as the snow started to fall, he would get drunk and get himself arrested. Refusing to pay the fine, they would put him in the city jail for the winter. He would shovel the snow from public buildings and do handy man work for the city. He ran this cycle for years. One of the advantages of small town living I suppose.
A survivor no doubt Jerry. I always used to have an adverse opinion of people who lived this. I met a lot in my time in the Police. Once you got to know them they were mainly good people who were existing in another way. Appreciate you taking time to share this Jerry.
So timely for this time of year when it’s so cold outside. 😦 The homeless, and poor, have even fewer options to try to stay alive. 😦
So true Carolyn and thank you for your heartfelt comment. I think as writers we can keep raising these issues and keep them in peoples minds.
A lesson in reality reflected in 17 syllables. In the US, the homeless situation is sad especially when the temperatures dip. We are having unusually cold weather, here in Atlanta, GA. It is 18 degrees and the temperature is falling plus we have snow.
Thank you for your thoughts Eugenia and this seems to be a problem in many parts of the world. You would think that how society has progressed, it would be a thing of the past.
Thank you Mr.M. Very much appreciated.
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