The Torture Wheel – JR Murphy

I’ve written a thousand letters
Phoned a thousand times
Been ignored by hundreds of people
Been told hundreds of lies

I’ve been arrested for saying in chalk
A truth they don’t wanny hear
Stripped naked because of disorder
Neglected because of fear

CHORUS
I’m on that torture wheel
A hot potato am I
I’m on that torture wheel
And I keep on asking them why

I’ve written dozens of poems
About the plight I am in
Written dozens of lyrics and songs
Almost committed a moral sin

I’ve cried a river of tears
Grieved and grieved again
Screamed and wailed at injustice
Been driven to the point of insane

I’m on that torture wheel
A hot potato am I
I’m on that torture wheel
And I keep on asking them why

Rehabilitation must be the goal
And the care ’til you heal
Not the current ‘hot potato’ way
The current torture wheel

This poem’s just one of many
Exposing lies, exposing facts
Until we all get the help that we need
I’ll stay upon these tracks

I’m on that torture wheel
A hot potato am I
I’m on that torture wheel
And I keep on asking them why

If you’re on the torture wheel
If you’re one just like me
At the mercy of ignorant bigots
In mental health and ACC

If you’re on the torture wheel
If you’re one just like me
It’s time to stand up for your rights
Get all the care that you need

I’m on that torture wheel
A hot potato am I
I’m on that torture wheel
And I keep on asking them why

End

What the NZ government does to long term disabled people on welfare is psychological torture, it is degrading, it is experimental and follows no known health or rehabilitation models and to make this failure palatable to their right-wing bigoted voters they brainwash everybody into thinking it is ok.

 

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