Carbon-powered, a pocket-sized tree.
To inspire, educate, agitate, satirise.
Pricks pompous, powerful politicians.
Graphite forges words, coal-black and
As hard as diamond, but glides softly.
We need to fight to defend this wonder.
No to scapegoating, violence, or racism.
For free expression, protect human rights.
As censors rub out our freedom of speech.
And cartoon characters laugh at violence,
An indestructible force of human nature.
Powerful weapons, in the right hands
Can begin to change the world.
Shattered, broken they lie.
Pencils write, develop
Spirit lives on.
I hope you enjoy reading my poems, and, as always, all proceeds will go to help build the fightback against corporate political parties, to build a voice for the millions, not the millionaires.
To find out more about my politics, visit the website of the Committee For A Workers’ International, which is engaged in struggle in around 50 countries worldwide.