Because there is a better way
A safer way to touch and cradle humanity
Because understanding starts with understanding
And understanding that is just the start.
Because caring is intellectual
Not the ineffectual nonsense demeaned by
Right-wing amoral propagandering
Meandering fiscal drivel driven by market forces
Pounding down and out at the worst of our fears.
I'm a socialist because there are always years
Ready for a redder dawn
Ears born to listen to wider concerns
Yearning to sort it out.
Because caring means fighting back
Caring means taking stock and sticking at fighting that good fight
Knocking out the Thatcherists
And the worst excesses of materialism
And yes I said Thatcherists
Because no matter what Blair did or said
It's never stopped being Thatcherism.
The bankers took her brains
And the bankers took her soul
The bankers lick their lips
And her sulphur stinking hole.
They said they were our friends
They would lend us time and money
That when they took control
It would all be sunny on the surface
I'm a socialist because bankers created our debt-bed
And not the National Health Service.
[Gerry Potter is an English poet. Visit www.myspace.com/gerrypotterpoet .]