POEM: Head spin


The election showed
Most people in our country
Still unwilling to take the plunge
Towards system overhaul

Chosing instead to remain
Blind in the face of climate change
Deaf to the groans of the earth and its poor
Dumb to the call for justice and peace
Heads spinning with doublespeak
And massive media manipulation

Wondering how to cope with this
Collective conservatism and the
Pettiness of political leaders
I wander around the flat
A little bewildered and sad
To find myself in front of
My bedside bookshelves

Why Marx was right
Unfinished Animal
Hopes & prospects
Buddha in daily life
The tax inspector
A severed head

Alone on the soaks
Absurd drama
Testimony of light
The kamikaze mind
A game as old as empire
The energy of slaves
Divine Comedy
Fidel and religion
Death of a salesman

The Algebra of Infinite Justice
The Republic
Paradise Papers
Theatre of the Oppressed
History will absolve me

A pick of titles taken at random
Reassures me that if I just heed
The headings in my collection
And take them right through
At least I’ll be traveling
In a brighter direction

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