Poem: Courage

Picture of Montserrat's Volcano

William "Bubbles" Galloway

Release Date

Friday, December 31, 2021


It takes one man in Tiananmen square
Cultural revolutionists caring not, with eyes everywhere
‘Twas Mandela, Biko, Kathy, Mlangeni, against apartheid
Willing for injustice and inequality to be destroyed
A country built on colonial financing and slave trading
Saves face by vehemently prosecuting human trafficking
Morality beating democracy without peoples interest
Politicians utilizing the inadequate system offering stress
What is courage?

Democracy captured in a small island government
One man nine votes leaves politicians complacent
Lack of constituents give leaders an islandwide platform
Ignoring the people’s needs has become the norm
Citizens are in survival mode progress is behind a moat
We expect growth but change politicians like coats
Leaders playing the game of chicken with people’s lives
Offering words of care, but tongue sharpened like knives
Where is courage?

The clock in government moves at tortoise pace
Yet election time for a vote you’ll get committed haste
Vision, but no path, promises and lies spill their tongue
Selfishness and greed they pursue never in dialogue
With courage I say we should not have a next election
Unless we get one man one vote and constituencies
Force the politicians to have responsibilities
It’s four years government promised to start reconstructing
We do not want for next election more lies still nothing
When will you show courage?

Note: William "Bubbles" Galloway is MNI Alive's Resident Spoken Word Contributor

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