A selection of poems from our Protest Day - November 2011

PROTEST! (FOR AND AGAINST) - By Peter Relph 30th October 2011

‘Why protest – what have I ever gained? I’ll stay at home and hope and pray
That I keep my job and pension rights – OK Protest – a waste of bloody time – that’s my view.’

Audience: boo – hiss – boo – hiss

‘Protest today in every way Our NHS is under threat.
Remove all those faceless bureaucrats Who are plotting now behind closed doors’

Audience: hurray, viva, clap, hurray

‘Songs of protest at Loughton Folk Club You must like the sound of your own voice.
We’re in dire trouble – all your fault You should be banned along with books and jazz.’

Audience: boo-hiss-boo-hiss

‘The day of national protest has arrived At last – the millions march on Parliament
Surrounding it they sing – ‘We shall overcome’ Inside porky politicians shake with fear’

Audience: hurrah, viva, clap, hurrah

And the rest is history.

 
Take up a New Hobby – Protest! - Pete Relph – November 2011

Be a protester – have some fun You do not need a bomb or a gun
Just apply your creative thought And then campaign and not get caught.
Don’t swear or rave but just keep calm And state your case with positive balm.
We’ll gain in peace against those that war, Who make mega profits – that’s what war’s for.

So join the latest London protest, Part of the spreading global fest
And save the future of our planet From the greed of selfish gannet.

 

Alienation - By Carole Segal Published by Forest Creative Writers 2011.

I went up to a schoolboy who was writing in a book
I said “What are you writing?” He gave me a funny look.
“You are absurd! I’m writing words! I want to get an ‘A’!”
I said “But what’s the book about?” He said “Oh go away!
You ask the daftest questions I have ever come across!
You’ll have to ask my teacher. You’ll have to ask the boss!
You’ll have to ask the boss!” he said,
“You’ll have to ask the boss! How the hell should I know?
You’ll have to ask the boss!”

I saw a housewife at the shops. I said “Why look so grim?”
She said “You would do too, my girl, if you were wed to him!”
“My home’s a cell. The kids play hell. Life’s very tough, you know!”
And as she popped a sedative I asked “Why is this so?”
She pointed to her husband and sounded very cross
“Ask him! He makes up all the rules! You’ll have to ask the boss!
You’ll have to ask the boss!” she said,
“You’ll have to ask the boss! It’s him who reckons he’s in charge!
You’ll have to ask the boss!”

I met a builder on a site who wasn’t having fun,
He dropped his plastic cup of tea and copy of  ‘The Sun’
He fell off his machine and turned a paler shade of white.
I said “Why all these dangers? You should demand your rights”
He said “If I should make a fuss ’twould only be my loss.
I need a job here. You’ll have to ask the boss!
You’ll have to ask the boss!” He said,
You’ll have to ask the boss! I need a job here.
You’ll have to ask the boss!”

The young business executive was calm and unafraid.
“My work must be important, as I’m very highly paid.”
“I don’t agree,” said I to he, “That may not be the case”
He shrugged his shoulders cheerfully and looked me in the face.
“You may be right, you may be wrong. I won’t argue the toss.
I only work here. You’ll have to ask the boss!
You’ll have to ask the boss!” he said,
“You’ll have to ask the boss!  I only work here.
You’ll have to ask the boss!”

I travelled all around the world to factories that made arms,
To wars and concentration camps, laboratories and farms
And everywhere they didn’t care, they didn’t want to know
The harm that they were doing and the bitter seeds they sow.
Their voices sounded all as one and all anonymous,
“We’re only doing what we’re told. You’ll have to ask the boss!
You’ll have to ask the boss!” they said
“You’ll have to ask the boss! We’re only doing what we’re told.
You’ll have to ask the boss.







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