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2010: Enough Already!

No change in sight for women’s rights

No expropriation of privileged mights

Militarists prescribe global peace lies

Working class interests fail to unionize

 

Organic farming for corporate profits

Healthcare granted for the insured elites

Homeless poor in the glitzy American nights

Hundred twenty-two die in daily medical plights

 

Twenty-five hundred families each day bankrupt

Subjects of Superpower profoundly distraught

Feed into Afghan, Iran, and warmongering distractions

Collectively throttle international socialist aspirations

 

The Wars are going to end, say the War Presidents

Monopolist bankers at G-20 make economic precedents

Plutocratic nobility yield from ethical charity claims

Priests abuse children, forgive selves, avoid prison chains

 

Anticommunist Herta Müller wins Nobel literature

Postmodern Rands follow individualistic scripture

Private properties grow sacred with economic recessions

Consumerism thrives on year around discount seasons

 

Environmental concerns lip-served by business interests

Mountains ravaged, peoples displaced, plundered forests 

Insidious attempts at defining freedom, political liberties

Minorities oppressed amidst democratic Colacracies

 

Marriages outlawed for all sexual orientations

Intending immigrants still illegal alien notions

Middle strata suffers from pangs of alienation

Trickled money from the rich their sole aspiration

 

Poor’s crimes are poverty and unemployment

Stealing of breads still law & order assessment

World capitalism is absolved of systemic failures

Of unequal laws, old boys networks, racist cultures

 

Two Thousand and Ten, promises to be more of the same

Let’s not celebrate this arrival of an age old game

Where monopolists continue to be magazine covers

Instead come what be the day, let’s join the class struggles

 

Revolutions won’t be scheduled for any auspicious occasions

Oligarchs cannot be rescued by their Gods or divine interventions

“Enough already!”, cry Zapatas in Chiapas and Orissa’s Maoists

Poor and wretched shall rise, and the rich ruling classes perish!

 

– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

 

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Saswat Pattanayak is a radical journalist, blogger, poet, photographer, atheist, third-wave feminist, black power comrade, LGBTQIA ally, and an academic non-elite. Based in New York City, he hails from Tigiria, Orissa, India.

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