New poem inspired by recent events and watching a lot of politicians waffle on TV…
State of the world with you in it
Some people would say it’s selfish
Creating a mini you and a mini me
When there are so many children in the world
Abandoned and unloved.
When climate change
Is raising temperatures, sea levels, tempers.
When the threat of nuclear disaster
And the destruction of our planet
Rests on the whims of despots and jokers.
When bad things keep happening to good people
And piteous plastic dinghys sink in the sea
Spilling their cargo of men, women, children indiscriminately.
When Facebook fills its feed with haters
irate they even tried to find a better life,
because of course they’re not like you or me.
When the #prayfor, starts to lose its power
When it happens all the time and there’s coverage every hour.
When tragedy is politicised,
When private grief’s intruded on,
When people go on TV, screaming we should bomb
When we’re slashing the numbers of police we employ
Playing with people’s health like a toy.
When we’re cutting services, privatising
Making food bank shopping the new just-surviving.
Is this the kind of world
To bring a child into?
Where the many are forgotten
In favour of the few?
Where the rising tides of
Consumerism, narcissism, radicalism, extremism,
fascism, fanaticism, provincialism, nationalism
Are given space to swell and erode
Any confidence we have in our own humanity?
But part of being human
Is continuing to hope
To keep fighting for the polar bears
And learning how to cope.
To keep focused on a better world
The next generation can have faith in.
And not to think it’s something that you don’t have a place in.
So mini you and mini me, sail forth and make us proud.
And when you see injustice, stand up and shout out loud.
Make use of education to sprout and grow your mind.
But above all else, do not forget: be just, be fair, be kind.