Jonathan Smith

9 August – A poem

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

By Jonathan Smith

09 August

A day, They say,

We will give them a day.

A day to honour, respect, love:

to show We Care.

 

 

Those grey, They say, We recall the grey.

The march, the mettle, the martyrdom

the equality won:

We Care.

 

 

But a Day?

They say. A whole Bloody day?

Suppose 364 in ration to 1 will show that

We Care.

 

 

More pay!

they say they want equal pay.

Since when is 24 hours not enough;

surely the day proves We Care?

 

 

RAPE!

They say, on this day, no talk of rape.

We give you a day, a doek, a talk.

We Care.

 

 

We do Care

They say, We gave you a day.

Be happy: now it is time for supper

and bed.

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