Poetry – John Phillips – The Awakening

In these difficult times, with lying politicians putting a spin on everything, we need poets like John Phillips to tell it how it is. Awake! We are not second-class! We are all worthy! We deserve better than this!


The Awakening


Speak not to me of empires,

Who’s empty drums beat out a lullaby

To fill the sleep with dreams of glory.


Speak not, with twisted tongue,

A web of propaganda, spun

To idolise and justify unwholesome wealth and privilege.


Speak not to me of thrones;

Of bogus majesties, who’s festivals of inequality

Seek only to patronise and so, deny the right of all to be the same.


Awake! Awake! Reality awaits.

We are not second class!


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