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Wisdom Calls – an advent poem

Listen my children;

I speak to you about principalities,

dominions and powers.

My children,

You will learn much about companies,

corporate mergers, and consultancies

(a commercial, please, with toothy smile)

and how these powers buy and sell, buy and sell;

the whole world is their market,

but have the children eaten?

oh, have the children eaten?

My children,

you will learn much about governments,

and nations, and military powers

(trumpets, please, and flags unfurled);

the soldiers march, one two three four, on two

three four,

playing war games everywhere;

but why are parents crying?

oh, why are parents crying?

My children,

you will learn much about extravaganza,

festive pomp, floor shows, and awards

(flowers, please, and television stars);

the actors follow cue and script, cue and script;

not truth, but image and effect;

so, why are poets beaten?

oh, why are poets beaten?


— Arthur Roberts, 1985

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