State of (Word)Play

Poetic political commentary – freedom of expression, in free verse

We learn the difference 
between right and wrong
in childhood

So, if a child could
judge us
would they
sit us on the naughty step?

We know the difference
between right and wrong

So, in Hong Kong
protestors
are now terrorists?

Is this right, or
is this what terror is?

I support their resistance
They must resist
to exist
democratically

Systematically
dealing with opponents
Is emphatically
indefensible

Incomprehensible authoritarianism

Uyghurs are continually
deemed reprehensible

for existing
and interned
in re-education camps

Prisoners

Until they desist
in proliferating their culture

desist in existing

The vulture
of Han China
feeds of the corpses
of their minorities

growing fat
and ruthless

staring the toothless
tigers down
across the UN Council meeting

If The Communist Party of China
ever flag this poem
I’ll join a black list

for supporting the Hong Kongers
out, flying their flag
raising their clenched fist

The CCP
can do as they please

over a million
voices
scream out
in Cantonese

gather

for nothing

The streets are full
yet
voices fall
on deaf ears

Their fears
realised

foreseen

materialised
in the High Court

long assured
in dictum

The obscene
conviction

The ‘National Security Law’
claims it’s first victim

Guilty

my heart bleeds for you
Tong Ying-kit

Punished
for a “crime” you could not commit

in the Hong Kong
you were fighting
to keep

I weep
for democracy lost
in Hong Kong

it won’t be long
before it’s gone…
completely

when flying a flag, with;

"Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times."

is added to the list of crimes

Activists are now;

Criminals

The true criminals
are the ones in power

devouring the morsels
of difference

still
we watch idle

from our ivory tower

no better
to judge

-

Are
state secrets
being
protected
over
the freedom of the press

reflected
in Julian Assange’s arrest

and

the continued
request
by the US
to extradite

a freedom to oppress?

YES!

YES, YES, YES.

-

Are the
decisions
in back rooms
secreted
in files
defiling our freedom
In these British isles
too?

I suspect
I’m correct
in disbelieving the words

of government figures
who lead humans
as herds

to the polls

cattle
to the slaughter

Then serve up the blood
and tell us it’s water

Eyes streaming
children huddle
in dust of war

Lies teaming
politicians muddle
international law

We unite nations
under a veil
which detaches
and makes invisible
the scale
of perpetrated injustice

nations united
in greed
and death

preach peace
and contradict
in the same breath

An interest in conflict
is conflict of interest

The spoils of war
and the fruits of greed

The needs of the many
and the many in need

Between rights of “all”
and all those who fall
between the cracks

What are the facts?

Are our Western values
civil liberties
freedom
equality

our Western Superiority
(Complex)

a facade?

Is liberalism
just a political identity
to win votes?

abroad
chaos is created
human rights are violated
ethic groups annihilated

by “our” hand

cultures repressed
lands dispossessed
peoples oppressed

dealt by the cards
“we” play

forced to do as
“we” say
or, else

pay the consequences

The suffering is silent
when humans suffer
in violent
conflicts
on tv

when
foreign bodies
enter foreign bodies

it’s easy
to look away

Please, don’t look away

look closer to home

look deeper inside


Behind “Western values”
we hide
the dirty truth

Why do we convict
those who expose
not
those who impose
this
dark underbelly of our society?

Dread and anxiety
in this stream of consciousness
constantly confident
in being disappointed

in the powers that be

“we”

“us”

“them”

it stems

from our inner drive
to survive

to conquer

guard possession

it’s our own reflection
our ugliest face

The pace
of our forward march
exposes
a regression

in aspects

of basic human need
in fulfilment
which breeds
discontentment
and feeds
this dark cloud
of depression
over me

-

What are we prepared to do,
to protect our lands of milk and honey?

The exodus of our moral code
for…

money?

power?

or, is there something more noble?

Less self-serving
- more global

I won’t turn a blind eye

I’m still searching for the bottom line…









holding my breath
unknowing
how far we’ll sink…










holding out for
the page unsigned
by blood red ink.









Think.
And do what is right
not what is easy.

This is my bottom line.

© Darius the Mate


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