(after seeing a television program of school-leavers in the north of England collecting their weekly out-of-work pay)

A hundred school-leavers walking in line
To receive their out-of-work pay.
Some sullen. Some laughing. Some defiant.
But all secretly afraid.
"Is there a job for me?"
They ask the official in charge.
Sadly he tells them (he is a kind man),
"Only three jobs on my books today."

It is easy to take three from a hundred
And get the right answer.
The least mathematically minded can manage this sum.

The sun still shines through the office window
As the ninety-seven teen-agers
Still unemployed walk into the sunlight.

But for them there is news,
Wonderful news.
Christian Science is ready to give them this news,
That they are the sons
and daughters of God!

Always employed,
Never unwanted,
Each in his place
In the radiance of Soul—

Lighting the desolate places of earth,
Warming mankind with the comfort of Love—
Dancing with joy to be active and free.

Evelyn M. Pinnell

The Politics of Helping People
June 13, 1977

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