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This one is a few years old, but sadly as relevant as ever, I feel.
Anyway, it felt like it needed to be out once more, so here goes:
What use are my words If the shells still fall From black-heart open skies And bombs still separate limb From torso On a whim? If lover’s nights are torn asunder Each phrase of love declared And punctuated by the rifle’s kiss As bullets fly through skies To deafen out the Infant’s cries? If families fractured fall apart Their bodies as their homes And stuffed in ragged bags They walk on paths anew Hopes and lives askew? What use are my words If every judgement still Depends on colour, race or creed And not on who we are Those who act so blind Injustice our own kind? If passion is fuelled by hatred And shouted from the stands Evolution’s backward stare Feet that stomp and pound Like we never left the ground? If all that we can show Is intolerance and hate To mask the failings in ourselves To stick within our clan And say this is the Plan? What use are my words If all that we believe Serves not to heal but pull apart - Words lost behind the rhetoric - And sets us off to goad The wrong way down the road? If our deities stand toe to toe As we become the baying throng Applauding every blow Forgetting that it's all a game And they are all the same? If faith is lost behind the mask And we think ourselves the show Where Glory resides in riches And ceremony makes us tall Hidden safe behind our wall? What use are my words If those who shout the loudest - The basest of our kind - Earn mandate over all of us To wield the sharpened sword And cut the final cord? If none of us is equal And power comes through privilege Whilst on green fields they scheme To hold on to the wealth Through division and through stealth? If birth outweighs our merits When change is just a word And nothing brings a greater good As islands we shall ever stay To never see a brighter day? What use are my words?