Wake up!

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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Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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