Monday, 01 May 2023 10:53

May Day Poem: We Have Everything to Breathe For!

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May Day Poem: We Have Everything to Breathe For!

We Have Everything to Breathe For!

by Owen Gallagher, with image above by Nick Efford

Right now, workers have stopped sewing jeans
in a sweatshop in East London
and are stitching a picket line
around the factory's throat,
lighting a brazier and writing placards:
'Honk, if you support a living wage!'
 
Beep! Beep! Beep! go passing cars.
A purse and savings can are emptied into a hand.
A Gurdwara fires hope with curries
and workers in McDonalds
set up a staff take-away service
to support the picket line.
 
As long as our eyes are open, there is cause to sing.

We have everything to breathe for!

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