It Starts With YOU… Idle No MORE!

I belong to the world,
A voice in the universe,
A solitary voice,
Your voice,
Maybe I sound like a broken record,
Of a shattered dream,
Maybe I sound like Joshua,
Tearing down the proverbial walls of Jericho,
I feel the weight of history,
Like Atlas,
But I will not shrug,
I wall not allow apathy to reign anymore,
I will stand up against those that would shirk their responsibility,
Belittle their democratic rights by refusing to use them,
I cannot feign joy,
In the face of abject pain,
As the divisions of me daily record,
The mistreatment of a world that does little,
But pay lip service,
To those that are the poorest and weakest among us,
Social Darwinism is not acceptable,
Not anymore.

I belong to the world,
As I stand up,
From the mountaintops that King spoke of,
Looking for the long ago written cheque,
That has yet to be cashed, in every country the world around,
For unfortunately,
That cheque would bounce,
Given the rhetoric and hyperbole,
Platitudes and ineffectual sentimentality,
Have we not arrived at destination now?
Where we must, MUST,
Address the iniquities of the past,
As well as those present and accounted for.

We must, not because it is the easy thing to do,
But because it is the right thing to do,
Finally live up to the commitment that was bought with the blood of patriots,
My grandfather and yours,
We must address the growing divide between rich and poor,
We must finally look at the ideals,
Contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Moving them from the notional,
From idea to reality,
A home for everyone,
Clothing, food and water for everyone the world over,
Access to medical care,
Education for all,
These are issues that have been spoken, written and professed,
Those have not been addressed,
For reasons of profit,
We must finally wake up and heed the call,
Of our great statesmen from a bygone era,
In so doing realize that the globalization paradigm,
Is one that because of the ruling class of corporatism,
Is inevitable.

We must stand up, proclaim and maintain,
That we, as citizens, will no longer accept the status quo,
We must,
As citizens,
Reclaim our universal rights,
Moreover that we must exercise those rights,
That our voice will be heard,
We must,
Demand better not just for our backyard,
But for our neighbors as well,
Our elected leaders will have no choice,
If collectively we demand better, more and what’s best,
Our voice,
Is one that they cannot ignore.

My voice,
Will continue to ring the bell of social change,
Quashing injustice,
Cry for the planet which is being raped,
Without consideration to the impact it will have on our children,
Defiantly announce where it is seen,
The faults of systems,
Based on theories centuries old,
I will stand,
I will scream,
I will use my voice,
To attempt to get you to use yours,
And together,
We may effect the change we want to see,
But that change,
Starts with you.

Will you stand with me?



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