By John William Brown

[Content Warning: mentions violence against women]

WHEN (Rebel Revolt Resist)

For my daughter.

When a woman in some foreign land
Is stoned to death by law,
Is buried to her neck in sand,
Her naked face smashed – raw,
When feminists get jailed, then hung
When they fight for the right to exist,
Speak out – Sing out their silenced song!

Rebel – Revolt – Resist.
When our kids have turned to drugs or crime,
When they find no future here,
When politicians flout the Law
When the few get the greater share,
When those who caused recession’s loss,
Keep their profits – and then – insist:
The poor and weak can pay the cost!

Rebel – Revolt – Resist.
When they keep us down by more expense,
In jobs that do not pay –
When they keep our time so managed
That we’re anxious every day –
When they fill our minds with fear & lies,
With new Laws for Terrorists –
(Keep in mind – that they mean us!)

Rebel – Revolt – Resist.
When we’ve kept our right to demonstrate
But only two by two –
When street-cameras & microphones
Catch all we say and do –
When they tap our phones – emails – our homes?
When nothing gets freely expressed –
It’s time to Act – Give them a Show!

Rebel – Revolt – Resist.
When Evil comes we do not see
It straight upon the screen –
When it creeps so slow – insidiously –
When it wears one down – unseen –
When we’re put to sleep by slow despair,
That’s the Nature of Their Beast.
We can awake – It’s not too late!

Rebel – Revolt – Resist.
When Law Enforcers play-for-time
With rules to suit only them –
When police walk away from blatant crimes,
Executed in our name –
When prosecutors cock the case –
It’s time we must enlist
To take up the Law – Take Them to Court!

Rebel – Revolt – Resist.
When armed police kill a foreigner
For – sitting on a train –
When a workingman dies – when strolling home,
When our patience has taken full strain –
When it’s time to turn and face our fears down,
Find some inner strength… persist…
Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down…

Rebel – Revolt – Resist.

© John William Brown 2010 & 2019

Find more of John’s work at facebook.com/Visualsandverbals

Featured image credit: John William Brown

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