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2009: The Plans

Have we planned enough for the year ahead?

The terrorizing wars, conflicts, military bloodshed

Zionist lobbies, hawkish Hindus, Islamic fanatics

Have we planned enough to defeat Christian clerics?


Have we planned at all for the impending poverty?

Or a few billionaires controlling all earthly property

Forty million refugees, can’t call a region their own

Have we planned at all for the homeless population?


Have we planned well to tackle global illiteracy?

For more than a billion, education still a fantasy

Eighty percent of world survives for ten dollars a day 

Have we planned well to end the class society next May? 


Have we planned any to read beyond headlines?

Of Obama’s hopes as wars on Afghans, Pakistanis

Saving global capitalism as the onslaughts on poorest

Have we planned any to abuse our illusions at best?


Have we planned somehow to stop funding hate?

To end Israreli occupations before its way too late

American troops, Blackwater mercenaries, Halliburton Oils 

Have we planned somehow to block capitalistic turmoils?


Have we planned steps to care for the unattended sick? 

Four billion sans drinking water, yet more uninsured weak

Private healthcare preferring profit over public concerns

Have we planned steps to replace the pharma corporations?


Have we planned yet to support unions and labor forces?

The peaceniks, communists, lovers and freedom sources

In solidarity with Zapatistas, the Naxalites, and our landless

Have we planned yet to ally with these progressive classes?


Have we planned ever in view of our future generations?

How to organize and educate the current media consumers

Before the majority among us is deceived again this new year

Have we planned ever to herald a new world, freed from fear?


Have we planned ways to restore lasting peace on Mother Earth?

Not to imagine battles, occupations, business interests’ wrath

Uniting indigenous, workers, spreading words against wars

Have we planned ways to consolidate workers, not corporate class?


– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

Filed under: Poetry


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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