We could give up watching television
and tune in to radio’s nicer images,
where all politicians are handsome,
wise, wholesome and trustworthy.
We say far too little, think far too much
about the whos, whats and whys of life,
forgetting that the statistics we portray
are the poor, the disenfranchised masses.
We have created the gatekeepers to food,
shelter, health, and future happiness,
they are the ones who keep us safe
so that others perish in our place.
We can unlock the future of the poor,
by opening up all hearts and minds,
making political systems accountable
in this world of diminishing resources.
We must say more, think more,do more.
poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2015