2016 Day 26 – Witness

This country’s a mess and I just feel like crying
About all the waste and the cruelty and lying
And the youngsters brought down when they ought to stand tall.
Can I get a witness?
I’ve witnessed it all.

If you’re unemployed and you have to sign on,
One mistake and you’re sanctioned, your money is gone,
And if you can’t walk, they’ll expect you to crawl.
Can I get a witness?
I’ve witnessed it all.

We turn away children at border control,
Watch boats that capsize drowning hundreds of souls,
And plug up our ears against their dying calls.
Can I get a witness?
I’ve witnessed it all.

Our National Health Service is falling apart,
Doctors stressed, patients waiting for treatment to start,
Auxillaries waiting for the next axe to fall.
Can I get a witness?
I’ve witnessed it all.

The rich getting richer, the poor getting worse,
And they won’t be content till you leave in a hearse.
The homeless guy huddling by the car park wall.
Can I get a witness?
I’ve witnessed it all.

Notes: The prompt was to write a ‘call and response’ poem.

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