Change

 

“If you want change, let me throw it at you
as hard as I can at your dirty face…”
—Homeless read mean tweets (YouTube, now private)

Let me throw justice at you, let it hit your face
and wake us up. Let me throw opportunity at you,
let it hit your face and give us a chance.

Let me throw change at you, change in the world,
change creating justice and freedom,
change creating opportunity, real change
for all. Let me throw democracy at you, let it
hit us in the face so hard that it cracks open
and spills out into the land, everywhere, change—
real democracy, real hope, real opportunity.

Let me throw change and the stinking, rotten
carcass of consumer capitalism and greed at
those so privileged and shallow as to think white
teeth are more important than your humanity.

And then, god help me, let me find love
and compassion to throw as hard as I can
into our faces, into our lives, into the hearts
of us all, of us all standing here watching
in voyeuristic pleasures of despair.

© 2019, Michael Dickel

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One thought on “Change

  1. “If you want change, let me throw it at you
    as hard as I can at your dirty face…” —Homeless read mean tweets (YouTube, now private)

    I never understood why the “Mean Tweets” fad became popular, but I’m very glad it has been made private and hopefully stays gone for good. What a sorry animal mankind is, to get pleasure out of something so vile. I like your poem’s answering righteousness and wish everyone could read it. Some days it seems that people gravitate to the abhorrent because it’s easier than standing on the side of social justice. Lots of emotional and moral laziness in our western society these days.

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