A PROTEST ANYWAY

The image not the person
Is what we often see.
Sometimes this diversion
Makes prisoners of the free.
What are the examples
Spread across this land?
Do they answer people’s needs
Or our youth understand?

That life is one big party
Is a current theme,
But what if there’s no money
To support the people’s dream.
A secure foundation
Of ancient laws must keep
Rising through our nation
Which seems to be asleep.

Dream on fair youth on stair ways
Quietly getting stoned.
What is your inheritance
If we have not atoned?
If crime, bombs and warfare
Are what the people see
And getting, getting, getting
The new philosophy.

Each weary band of workers
Crushed into a train
Surrounded by the adverts
Of what they seek in vain.
Surely love and courage
Will protect the minds of some
But who’ll undo the damage
The governments have done?

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