Thursday, 14 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 81 OF 230

Poem 81 of 230:  A PRAYER FOR CHANGE

There must be a god -
    A god I’ve met not;
But, if I met god,
    I’d say, “Change the plot.”

Too much poverty/
Inequality;
Too much selfishness/
Competitiveness.

There must be a god -
    A god I’ve seen not;
But prophets of God
    Bore a Leftist plot.

This comes to the fore
In parts of Acts Four,
With sharing of wealth/
Care beyond thyself.

There must be a god -
    A god I’ve met not;
But some who’ve “found” God
    Have twisted the plot.

To the Left they pray -
That’s God, prophets say;
But then they vote Right -
Improves their own plight?

There must be a god -
    A god I’ve seen not;
But I pray for god
    To help change the plot.

(C) David Franks 2003

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 82 OF 230

Poem 82 of 230:  ON ACTS 4:32-35

Believers were all one in heart and mind -
    They shared their excesses, giving in kind;
No-one claimed any possessions one’s own -
    Yes, it was socialism on the throne.

So not long were there desperate folk -
    Fair distribution was the tongue they spoke;
And wealthy owners would sell part their deed -
    Funds, via apostles, to those in need.

Yet today, all round our troubled earth,
    Some Christians, safe at their own snug hearth,
Vote for their electorate’s Right-Wing party -
    That’s hypocritical, it seems to me.

(C) David Franks 2003

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 83 OF 230

Poem 83 of 230:  ACTS

How policy gets into place
Is an issue that all states face:
    It happens democratically
    (All of-opinion - voting free/
    Part of-opinion - compulsory);
    It happens autocratically
    (Sometimes involving prophecy).
What’s most important, in my case,
Is that humane acts win the race.

(C) David Franks 2003

Monday, 11 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 84 OF 230

Poem 84 of 230:  NATIONALISM WITHOUT CONQUEST

Everything in moderation..?
    Well, with “nationalism” it’s true:
It can carry unique cultures on
    But, overdosed, cause their conquest, too.

(C) David Franks 2003

Sunday, 10 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 85 OF 230

Poem 85 of 230:  LANDMINES

I’m thinking of Sting’s song “Russians,”
    Which notes the ways wars can be fought;
He highlights nuclear weapons,
    And there’s another crazy sort:

Landmines kill and maim innocents,
    Long after their targets have fled;
To them should go layers’ repents,
    And mine production should be dead.

(C) David Franks 2003

Saturday, 9 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 86 OF 230

Poem 86 of 230:  ROBOTS

In factories,
    I’ve spent sometime
Working machines
    Whose goods should rhyme -
Moulding machines,
    Whose plastic shots
Are sorted by
    Auto-robots...

Well, now robots -
    Before ‘twas folks:
Process workers...
    Employment hoax?

(C) David Franks 2003

Friday, 8 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 87 OF 230

Poem 87 of 230:  FOR THE POOR

                                         For
                                  The   poor,
                             We should give
                          A  chance  to  live -
                       To rest, work & play -
                     Day-to-day   in   a   way
                That has not the need to bid,
             To   those   atop   the   pyramid,
        For   the   essentials   of   human   life.
    Then, when world suffering is far less rife
  And  all  folk  live  above  the  poverty  line ,
This here poet, I promise, will cease to whine.

(C) David Franks 2003

Thursday, 7 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 88 OF 230

Poem 88 of 230:  FROM 20TH-CENTURY SEXUALITY

From One Lover to Free Lover to Fee Lover,
    For children’s sakes, let’s fashion back to One Lover:
In public-life there are - guess what - women and men;
    Thus, upbringing’s best by a woman and a man -
Not by one or two men, or one or two women,
    And not in a tug-of-war of women and men.

(C) David Franks 2003

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 89 OF 230

Poem 89 of 230:  PEOPLE OR MONEY?

While I was at technical college,
    My teacher once asked the class:
“What is the most important thing in life?”
    Us students just let it pass.

“Money!” said the teacher, ending the pause.
    But, in hindsight, I do find
That putting people ahead of money
    Is vital for humankind.

(C) David Franks 2003

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 90 OF 230

Poem 90 of 230:  THE ORDER OF THE DAY

When I read “Faces in the Street,”
    A poem by Henry Lawson,
Born a century afore me,
    I sigh: “The same woes still go on.”

Yes (though technology has changed
    The patterns of human life-ways),
In both the town and the country,
    Crude inequality just stays.

Yet, sometimes, on our broadcasts,
    We hear the charitable say
That there’s enough resource for all -
    With “share” the order of the day.

(C) David Franks 2003