freeversing the blues




tears trickle down far too many a cheek,
while bigotry and hate like raw sewage reek,


down these cellophane faces in plastic towns,
while hope in the well of misery drowns.



the fractured spirits never seem to mend,
even when swallowing the latest trend,


gagging at the emptiness of last week’s buys,
desperately polishing facades while the barren heart cries.



we crawl as we trawl the roads for joy,
spitting yesterdays away like some overused toy,


fleeting moments never savoured whatever the ploy,
we become the enemies we seek to destroy.



why do we slam the doors shut on faces hungry and needy,
don’t we already have it all for us to be so callously greedy,


while we suck the blood and drink the tears of the ones we chase away,
condemning them to ghettoes in which they absolutely must stay.



when will we excise the demons on which apathy feeds,


will we ever kill off sweatshops serving our wants and not our needs,

will we ever stop putting guns in children’s hands,
will we perpetuate the lie of where the tomahawk missile really lands.



what grotesque metamorphosis have we been subjected to,
where we whistle down corridors oblivious, blinded to all that is true,


throttling the many for the benefit of the few,
all the while supping on heaving tables as if we don’t have a clue.



will we continue to feign ignorance of marital, partner, and child sexual abuse,
discarding each fractured soul as if they were stale news,


blindly turning our heads and thusly perpetuating male hetero-patriarchy,
keeping the blinkers on, while banishing the sordid truth we pretend not to see.



when will people of colour all around the world be seen, as human beings and not merely chattel,


as people, as a part of humanity, and not as some half-bred form of vassal,


to be used and discarded like stale garbage that needs to be trashed,


while on single malt whisky we gleefully get smashed …



… and when will all the world share in the bounties of this earth,


so that we may truly bring a more equitable,


a more fair, a more just world to birth  …