Wednesday, 13 July 2016

What Can I Do To Help

Thinking of the various meanings of the word 'mean' and working as a community worker in a Brexit-Britain, this is what came to mind:

What Can I Do To Help?

Why are you mean?
What makes it seem
Like the right thing to do
Are you only thinking of you?
Why are you mean
What does it mean
When it seems you don't care
Enough to share
Why are you mean?
Now meaning is lost
And understanding past
Selfishness and greed
Set in and outlast
And people in need
Are the ones to ask
What can I do to help?
What can I do to help?

In the flotsam and jetsam
I'm the seaweed and kelp
I float in a commune
I am helped when I help

People with the least
Will share their last crust
They know what it's like
When needs must
They know how to rely
On their fellow man
And when someone's in need
They do what they can

But sometimes desperation
Seeps up from below
And the powerful forget
Or pretend not to know
And feather their beds
And build up their walls
Razor-wire their loved ones
And bubble-wrap their falls

And the fear of loss
Overcomes the will
And the ultimate cost
Is not in the till
So we go from baby
To child to teen
And arriving at adult
We are suddenly mean

Just wanting to keep
Our fears hidden deep
In the power we feel
In control of the keel
Of our seafaring boat
While others can't float
We let the sun cast our eyes
To brighter blue skies
While fishing for castaways
And gutting their lives

In the flotsam and jetsam
I'm the seaweed and kelp
I float in a commune
I am helped when I help

Why are you mean?
What makes it seem
Like the right thing to do
Are you only thinking of you?

What can I do to help?
What can I do to help?

Why am I mean?
What makes it seem
Like the right thing to do
Why don't I think of you?
Why am I mean?
What does it mean
When it seems I don't care
Enough to share
Why am I mean? 

What can I do to help?

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