The Lofty Oracles
My old friend insomnia's here But just once this last political year I want to sleep election night without fear My eyes stinging with tears Wondering when the dust clears What it is I will hear? Is it sobbing or cheers? And whose cheers and whose tears? Will I wake up amazed that the old order's been razed Our society finally awoke from its daze? Or with the sucker punch of recognizing My fellow citizens have been lionizing The lies And swallowing bullshit down whole when they go to the poll? Believing budget-butchers slash with compassion rather than to let the business cash-in Assuming competence with the economy comes at the cost of our humanity Hoodwinked by media-trained faux passion Following spin-doctored narratives the way the shallow follow fashion Ignoring the catastrophic situation of our growing homeless population A social welfare devastation - you see them sleeping rough around the station And as the trains get more expensive - don't even think about what your rent is Or how our jobs get less secure as our bosses demand more and more And how our wages aren't enough to buy the never-ending stuff We need to buy to stay alive - our cost of living a living suicide With our healthcare no longer healthy, it's funding cut by the super-wealthy And a diminishing education due to austerity's financial obliteration But we're so quick to cite futility Invent inherent inability In the name of false stability We choose decline with such rapidity And I find it so regrettable The agenda's so easily settable By those desperate to make inevitable The idea utopia isn't gettable But there's no evidence detectable Revolution ain't selectable Even though THE LOFTY ORACLES May have denounced it unelectable And I must say I'm curious Why it is we're aren't all furious And how it is so many seem contented With unnecessary inequality which could so easily have been prevented Instead becoming cemented like no alternatives have been invented Which could've been implemented to untorment the now tormented But each solution that's presented is always swiftly circumvented By the ones who all assented to the policies I've documented We're abandoned and unrepresented; a selfish greed unprecedented But we just go about our day like this destruction is okay We shrug our shoulders, shake our head Avert our eyes from all the dead Normalize what should be scandals, legitimize economic vandals As systematically they dismantle rights which underfoot they trample And we pretend the mood is not so sombre; that's the propaganda we all conjure As the wrongs keep getting wronger The waiting lists keep getting longer The vulnerable forsaken, fundamental rights keep getting taken Yet so many refuse to waken to the truth of our situation! All this corruption, all this bribery My outrage could fill a fucking library But while we should be out marching down on the streets Instead pearls of non-wisdom are set to repeat How this is "the real world", how life "has" to be Manufactured demands treated inerrantly "Educated" opinions that hide strategy Promoted and parroted adherently Clung to despite the incoherency All hope discarded in this cowed paradigm Of the self-harming Groundhog Day we vote for each time And there's no evidence detectable Revolution ain't selectable Even though THE LOFTY ORACLES May have denounced it unelectable
Written by: Dan McKee
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