Poem: Have you heard their voices?

The young as they cry out

The old as they die out

The middle aged as they shout

And the silence from the so-called leaders

Engulfs our lives


'Do something' we scream at them,

The do nothings

Who knit their rugs

Of self-protection

And doing nothing

With words like

'We are meeting our targets'

And 'we are leading the world'

Along with other lies

We no longer accept


And so we gather on our streets

While they still do nothing

Other than protect their profits

And keep the rivers of greenhouse profits

Flowing into their pockets


So the way reveals itself

We workers must cut off their gains

From coal, and oil

Wherever we toil

To make their accounting heavens

That are our earthly hell


Time to tell the truth

And rebel

To reclaim our now, and our future

From those who destroy it


To stop their system

Of destruction

We must stop our work

A new world awaits

If we do this


Otherwise we wait our fate

Of death and destruction

Revolution is the only way

To save us all

Heed the call

Join us

We have a world to win,

And save

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