Power to the powerless

Volcanic eruptions abound

With each step that we turn around

Muted voices rival against the loud

Scrambling from the darkening crowd

So we tremble in our rooms all alone

Eyes focused on blood images of our own

As the sly sooty wind twists and turns

It fans fires across continents as each burns

Lights out, lockdown, you have no power

A prisoner trapped in the hand of each hour

The rumbling rolls into a cumulative groan

Groundswells of power claim the throne

With a quick mathematical calculation

The masses of the powerless have overtaken

The viral infection leaves little room for choice

Unless we elect to speak in a bystander’s voice…

Author’s note: This poem was inspired by a post I read on  random rants ruminations ramblings Please check  out Kunal Thakore to read about the Japanese word  kuebiko   

which helps describe the state many find themselves in with current complexities facing us in many parts of the world.Check out the post at this link: https://randomrantsruminationsramblings.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/the-deliciousness-of-words-iii/

16 thoughts on “Power to the powerless

    1. Not sure about the song but we all most certainly have voices. With referenda and elections etc. we need not be bystanders. Today we’re celebrating Mandela day so here’s my voice in honour of a great man who gave us a voice 😀

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      1. No it’s not a public holiday but it’s galvanised around his birthday which is today.So most companies,organisations and individuals spend 67 min doing something significant or charitable.( 67 were the last 2 numbers of his prison number.
        We also received some sad news though. A group of 67 leading personalities were climbing Mt Kilamanjaro as part of a charitable effort. One of them passed away just before reaching the summit.

        The poem was my 67 min contribution.

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      2. Oops! That is sad…
        Here, Gandhi’s birthday on Oct 2 is an important holiday and many folks have 2 mins of silence on Jan 30th, the day he was assassinated.
        Mandela is an inspiration for all us!

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  1. Girl yes! I can’t recall the source or the exact words, but there is a saying that the bystanders who, standby watching without acting, are just as bad-if not worse than the perpetrators.
    Loved this!

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    1. Yes, there’s an interesting one by Albert Einstein who says that the world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil,but those who look on and do nothing. Fear is real, I know but there is always something we can do to feel less powerless!

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  2. I vote, but here in America, I’m not sure how much of an impact that has, but there are other ways to make your voice heard. My strategy is to not buy things that are not in line with my values and try to set a good example. I think it was Gandhi that said “be the change you wish to see in the world.” Good advice. Your stirring poem is so apropos in today’s world. 🙂

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    1. I agree that there are many stratgies. Sometimes it’s even becoming aware of our unconscious bias to people of groups different to ourselves – quite often this is where conflict is born. We can sometimes be the David to the Goliath – more so if we realise that we’re not alone in feeling helpless. Your example of passive resistance or boycott is a great example of other things we can each do😀

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