sometimes don't you just want to 
escape the prison of language
fly free of rational thought and the bounds of respectability
give voice to whatever comes into your mind 
as it tumbles in a spacetime all its own?

sometimes don't you just want to
say something no one else has ever said
to bust apart the bounds of dull conformity
and set things off in a brand new direction
towards love and its urgent compulsions?

sometimes don't you just want to 
overturn the tables of profit and loss
in the moneymarkets that stand where
people like us once shook hands and swore
allegiance beyond all selfishness?

sometimes don't you just want to 
turn off the tide of hatred
rising like blood from a pale land
too fearful to acknowledge its heritage
of mutual tolerance and trust?

sometimes don't you just want to
point an accusing finger 
past poor defenceless scapegoats
to the moneylaundering parasites 
laughing behind closed doors? 

sometimes don't you just want to
turn back the clock
to when time was all before you
and poetry ethics philosophy economics politics
were just classes in school?


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25 thoughts on “Sometimes

  1. You did poetry, ethics, philosophy, economics and politics at school? Where I was there was a little poetry in English, but not much. Ethics and philosophy could have been covered in RI (Religious Instruction) but we treated that like a free period and wouldn’t have been paying attention if those topics had ever come up. Economics and politics probably should have featured in Social Studies but I was completely unable to work out what that lesson was trying to achieve.

    My education may have been lacking but, yes, I would love to “overturn the tables of profit and loss”, “turn off the tide of hatred” and “point [an] accusing finger past poor defenceless scapegoats”. And I do try. Sometimes.

    1. I was probably imagining an idealised past, a golden age to contrast with the present. Those categories were drawn from the rest of the poem. Your school experience sounds pretty close to mine, as it happens. I think most people get more from the ‘university of life’.

      Not sure how much I do to further those good causes, either, though I’m always ready to pontificate about them in a poem!

  2. Dave, you sound almost as angry as I am. You certainly are striking all the right chords – and in the right order.

    Many of the things we are angry about now have been around for centuries, they result from the rich and powerful abusing their power. An alternative to small power groups telling us how to conform, and how to make them more powerful, has been proposed by an ex-diplomat, Carne Ross. He makes a compelling case for anarchy, see He was on the BBC recently.
    Unfortunately whenever I hear the word “anarchy” I am reminded of Joyce Grenfell and her response to university students suggesting this. “That’s very nice dear, but who will look after the drains?”

    Keep the poems coming please, I am sure they are helping to nudge the world in the right direction.

    1. Cheers, Mike, will try this again as it felt good to get it off my chest! As you say, the issues aren’t new and it’s all too easy to submit to an unfair status quo. Abuse of power stimulates alternative thinking – thanks for your link, will check it out. One thing about anarchy, at least it presupposes that people are adult and equal rather than children who need controlling (a piece of misinformation that disguises greed). Ah, Joyce Grenfell – “George … don’t do that!”

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