Wake up! Wake up!
Hear the noises
Feel the outbursts
See the chaos
Are they yours?
Isolate self
Throw the Ray-Ban
Face the heat
Time’s up
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Before they progress
Know your group
Be the Union
Make the move
Don’t wait for support
or Count on numbers
You alone can
Break them stop!
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Competition
Globalization
Nuclear State
Or just your fate!
Throw faith systems
Wishes for feeders
Hopes for believers
Your mind, you make up
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Thought controls
Propagators
No more will you be
Hobson voter
Not a party, but the politics
Not to change, but replace
Stop quoting, enuff said
Your own mind, on the top
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Wise words, fools repeat
And the idle, hero-worship
History wont repeat itself
You gotta help yourself
Cherish, don’t live in the past
No Gandhi or Lenin will be cast
Title is you, the Star in it too
Movement is yours, just pack up
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
‘Change is constant’ enough changed
They made legal the flesh trade
Sold the dreams, made the bombs
Gadgets too, to make you numb
Colonialist’s railroads
Capitalist’s computers
Profit’s the Prophet, profit’s the goal
Ask the self: Can you cope?
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Times have changed
For the worse
Cause the changers
Are ‘they’, not ‘us’
Distinguish, then
Don’t change, but replace
Overthrow, not discuss
Enough lectures, now to usurp
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Demoncracy
Plutocracy
Call it a name
live in fantasy
Popular dissent
And debates
in its marketplace
Don’t just add, don’t speak up
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
None’s gonna hear
A word you say
Guard your interest
Stay away
Identify first the self
Then know ones in distress
No illusions or rosy hopes
That’s the group, and your Cup
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Make it clear, make no bones
No stoppin to the ones
Who know the path and the march
Snatch the rights, win the match
They called us colors
And some damned race
Preachers all will pay by the face,
Before the dark night is up
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Religions to annihilate
Hindus and Muslims
Got the war raging
Watched the fun brewing
Anything but a human
Coz humanity unites
When you act human
Then they got Gods up!
Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up!
Fancy divisions
Resting on bloodbaths
Pay them back now
Blood currency works
Enough of preachers
Enough Godmen
Enough ethics talked
Enough sanctities held
Enough institutions
Enough families
Enough blind loves
Enough traditions
Enough of democracy
Enough of consent
Enough discussions
Enough debates
Why my poem no more rhymes
Am I a ugly poet?
Enough of the poet
Damn the Wake Up! Note
Damn me, who does not act
Even after waking up
Lend me a hand, as I lend mine
Lets subscribe to the noise
Enough of music
Enough of me shouting alone
Time to act together

– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

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