Floundering in the wake – a poem

Floundering in the Wake

 

We flounder in their wake from this austerity

Inflicted by politicians on you and them and me –

Except for all the bankers immune to the disease

Still necking back the champagne and living lives of ease.

We’re all in this together – except the one percent!

They’re a law unto themselves for which we all lament.

 

One day we will rise up and depose them from their thrones –

The greedy and the selfish who can’t hear people’s moans.

They are the ones who cause this misery

Grabbing all the wealth from her, and you and me!

In the midst of this madness with the destruction of our schools

The politicians party and treat us all like fools.

 

They’re still necking back their champagne and driving in their cars

Selling subprime mortgages from here to there to Mars.

They do not give a damn if the people cannot pay

As long as they have their fat bonuses to keep their blues at bay.

They have their private services to provide an ample buffer

And when it all goes tits up they know it’s not them who’ll suffer!

 

Opher 16.9.2018

 

 

It irks me that the politicians decided who should pay for the crash they created – not them who deregulated and gave the bankers freedom to go mad, not the bankers who created the crash with their greed, not the top 1% who benefitted from the bonanza, but us – the innocent ordinary people. We are the ones to pay. Our pay is slashed and frozen, our pensions are reduced, our public services are decimated with cuts – because the country cannot afford it. But we can afford the fat bonuses for the wealthy, tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations; we can afford big wage increases in the boardrooms and we still do not address the massive tax evasion schemes, or to force the huge megacompanies like Amazon to pay their fair share.

There is one rule for the rich and quite another for us, so the inequality gap opens into a yawning chasm and is filled with lies. Meanwhile, hidden behind the shroud of Brexit, the country falls apart, public services decay, people go hungry, law and order breaks down. But safe behind their gated communities, with their private healthcare and education, the elite are immune.

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