LONDON RIOTS

Austerity twists in the lock;
The wringing click, click;
The finality, turning the key.
Open your hearts to the
Cries of inequality.
Can’t you smell in the air
The stench of confinement?
Authority slams the door
Of poverty’s cage,
Full to capacity with our
Forgotten children.

Jailer, we’re dying in here
Why am I wearing this crown of thorns?
Don’t use authority’s spear
Just talk to us blood
Dispense the confusion
Do we not have a heart?
Are we not human?
Give us the freedom we need
To make a contribution.
Too late man, you’re too far removed
We’re at breaking point
And you too numb to be moved.
I raise my shield, I’m breaking out
You ain’t listening, you can’t hear our shout,
Well hear this mother fucker
Put this fire out.
Listen to the breaking glass,
It ain’t the answer,
But you too detached to ask.

The punishment should be severe;
We will take a no tolerance approach
To these animals.
If you have caused damage,
Let fires rage,
Attacked the property of others,
We will find you,
You will be evicted from your homes,
You will be incarcerated,
You will be ostracized.

Thanks for nothin, Tory scum,
You can’t comprehend the damage you’ve done;
You lit the fire, not me, not my brothers.
You can’t govern with lies,
You should have saved our mothers,
Years before now, a generation lost,
There’s people’s lives at stake, look at the cost.
Westminster is where you reside;
In your palace you and your type can hide.
Don’t presume you can plan my life,
I want to be free to live full of pride.
Where do we go from here?
We need a dialogue,
Lend me your ear.
We’re calm for now, suppressed,
But we will rise, we will not rest.

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14 Comments

  1. 1emeraldcity said,

    May 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

    A sentient sociologic statement. And this is global. The poor, the disenfranchised cry out and no one really hears or cares. Absolute power corrupts absolutely…all heard here. Bravo!

  2. montygrant said,

    May 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Jacquie, a very astute response. This is my first attempt at giving a poem a rap rhythm, and I thought it would work well with the contrast of comments from an ignorant, privileged upper class government official. Thank you for reading, your comments are valued and very much appreciated.

  3. claudia said,

    May 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    it surely needs a dialogue to change things..great bit of social commentary here andrew..the use of authority’s spear is always a very short lived victory..

  4. brian miller said,

    May 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    wow intense in the emotion and condemnation of where we are right now as a society…and you do capture that rhythm well in this monty…would not mind hearing you rap it…ha…Authority slams the door
    Of poverty’s cage,
    Full to capacity with our
    Forgotten children

    ugh. that is sadly the truth an i think we wont pay the full wage on this for a few more years but itwill come due…

    • montygrant said,

      May 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I’d like to hear someone rap it Brian, but not me! However liberating it might be to throw a brick through a shop window or set a building alight, people don’t do it for no reason, and our government didn’t really ask the question, why did these riots happen…… So detached! Thanks for your comments Brian

  5. tashtoo said,

    May 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Andy…I THINK by now you know how up my alley this is! We are ants to those in power, the world over. The strongest link in any chain can only take so much. Tax the poor, the government prospers, and the wealthy reap the rewards. Greed is rampant! resulting in vile laws, mistreatment of a country’s citizens, the stripping away of rights…the riots showed me the game was really a foot, and there’s a chance that maybe the people (I mean the real ones) will truly unite for change.

    • montygrant said,

      May 16, 2012 at 6:15 am

      Yes Tash, you are right, in the UK, the government has been talking about social mobility for years, about providing a better quality of life for the less privileged, but in reality people need better education, rewarding jobs, brighter living conditions, inspiring role models in their communities, none of which ever becomes a reality, and the present government is just squeezing the life out of people!!!

  6. Beth Winter said,

    May 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I love the tone set in the first stanza. “the wringing click, click” is wonderful. Choosing not to use the third click leaves the reader on edge waiting for completion of the thought and builds the sense of urgency. Well done.

  7. joanna said,

    May 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    i second beth– those first lines pull you in, leave you wanting… powerful piece.

    • montygrant said,

      May 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks Joanna, It’s a tough world out there and our government doesn’t make it any easier. So many constraints on normal people and the policies put in place are shackles for most of the population! Thank you for your comments:)

  8. Chazinator said,

    May 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Sorry for late comment. This poetic dialog of resistance and dispossession, persecution and hubris, is alive with a sense of great injustices awaiting just reply. I love how you incorporated words from both sides to create a dialogic collage.

    • montygrant said,

      May 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Charles, very supportive comments, I’m pleased that you liked the dialogic tones, which I wanted to achieve to emphasise the injustices. We have huge problems in this country with inequality and sucessive governments invent complicated, but utterly useless policies to try to achieve social mobility. Less fortunate kids need a strong role model in their community, not some priviledged upperclass politician telling them they should now have enough money to buy a Blackberry!! Rant over…..thanks for you kind words


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