Category Archives: Poetry to Power Change

WOMEN & AIDS (World Aids Day Vigil 2018)

We are the hands that rocked the cradle,

Administered to the needs of those affected.

Comforted the shocked and confused,

Nursed the sick and dying.

 

Women and AIDS go hand in hand.

 

We were infected by husbands and lovers,

By a half forgotten one night stand.

By a not forgotten rapist.

By people, who didn’t know they had it.

 

Our babies were born with AIDS.

 

Because we had a blood transfusion,

Or were registered hemophiliacs.

Because we were ignorant and careless,

Or junkies, desperate for a fix.

 

Women are 52 percent of those who survived

 

Remember those women who lost their lives

Celebrate those that survive.

The mothers. Sisters. Aunties. Friends,

Who now stand, hand in hand, with the men.

We Are Means Happy

Suffragette Anniversary

For the 100th anniversary of partial votes for women.


Hurrah for the Suffragettes

Who, one hundred years ago,

Fought for the right of women to vote.

Struck inequality, a deadly blow.

 

Let us not forgot their struggle

Against the gender discrimination

Of every woman, of every race

Of every female in this nation

 

Lets remind employers & unions,

That equal job means equal pay.

Lets change the law & enforce it,

To make sure it stays that way.

 

Sexual harassment in the workplace,

Is something that has to end.

A women’s right to feel safe at work,

Is a right we need to defend.

 

The success of our country’s economy,

Relies on women to work.

Professional success & opportunity,

Is not a just masculine perk.

 

In honour of the Suffragettes.

Let us, men and women agree

Sexual discrimination thwarts potential

Its Equality that sets us free

Hatred Hurts Us All

In this week across our nation

We stand united in our call.

“There is no place for hatred.”

Because hatred hurts us all.

 

Whatever your ability or religion

Sexuality, colour of skin

This battle against hate crime

Is one we have to win.

 

Let’s educate the ignorant.

Dispel prejudice and fear.

Promote that Love is a human right,

Be open and be clear.

 

We can make a difference,

By what we do and say,

Against the intolerance and injustice,

Some people suffer every day

 

It’s okay to be different,

Lets honour who we are.

Make our world a safer place,

For all of us, near and far.

“THE WAY THEY WERE” – marking 50 years since the partial decriminalization of Sexual Offences Act

THE WAY THEY WERE

There is danger in dark places

For men like us, there are no spaces

Where we can be proud, where we can be free

Where I can love you and you, can love me

 

We know how great the risk would be

We’d be ostracized by society

Our lives & careers would be ruined of course

By blackmail, prosecution, threats or force

 

Because of that we play the game

Of love that dare not speak its name

My problem is when I hear your voice

My spirit doth lift and my heart rejoice

 

My flesh is weak, but my spirit strong

I know in my heart it is not wrong

For man to love man, and boy to love boy

To share love and respect, happiness and joy