Wall Street Occupied without an organized movement
Egypt under siege, their democracy’s a farcical moment
Libya annihilated; no longer the anti-imperialistic force
Syria and Iran next; Arab Nationalism reduced to remorse
Regressive rebels talk about the promised freedom “Springs”
Vaclav Havel a hero, Kim Jong-Il evil, facts are broken wings
NATO the proprietor, Islam the enemy, Cold War not yet a ghost
Praise the God, drop the bomb, sanction when it hurts the most
Year after year, day after day, corporate media headlines the same
Celebrities make out, breakup, detox; royal families wedding game
Nobel Prizes to warmongers, Oscar Awards to King’s Speeches
“The Iron Lady” celebrates Neocons, no superstructure glitches
A year of tragedies befell the world over the past twelve months
Farcical freedom bells, DSK and Murdoch trials, grand justice loss
Eurocentric lens, American trades, Israeli fighter planes, still victorious
Bankers, philanthropists, presidents, billionaires continue as glorious
Harlem’s burning, Paris in flames, London defeats alleged rioters
Class wars lost, Zapatista censored, Maoists shot in street corners
Are we to implore for equalities, or we must educate and agitate?
Will they still co-opt, shall we cop out, and ‘truths’ again fabricate?
What promises lie ahead; even as we failed at prospects before?
Can we chart out grand visions again, for our revolutions in future?
Last year was mess, years ago were no less, now we owe to ourselves
If this New Year prevails, we reclaim revolutionary roots, and resurface!
– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet