15 September 2011

Turning a Blind Eye

Burnt out car the day after the riots in Enfield, August 2011.

Are you still left wondering why the riots of last month happened?

I am.

I've been clearing out some old paperwork today and came across a poem I wrote between travel bulletins whilst working at Trafficlink in 2002....

I was just thinking that if we have legislation that ignores crime and legalises certain drugs and that if society feels they have to 'turn a blind eye' to behaviour that is wrong, then maybe that's why things get out of hand. If we feel we can't speak out, as we might get stabbed, even killed, when nobody educates anybody about boundaries and right and wrong, if nobody says anything, then, really, what kind of a society will we get?


I think,
Turning a blind eye to the guy
On the street smoking pot
Thinking he's happy with his lot
with his 5 minute
high and
head in the sky
and a different perspective for a
While on his mundane life.....

Well - I think, turning a blind eye
Won't help his unhappy soul's
feelings unfold -
Open up to the real opportunities
in this world.

We need to see not to be blind
to make him see -
and Not be kind
and give our blessing when
it's his life he's
messing - (and not just his but other people's around him)
smoking dope - Drinking beer -
Wheeling and dealing - buying gear
Hoping he's got enough to last the whole
month until his next pay cheque comes...

What kind of a way is
that to live?
What kind of a future
will that give?
What kind of a way is it
for us to...
Turn a blind eye?
To let sleeping dogs
lie -
to give up - give
let the worst way win,
Turn a blind- I
Don't care a bit
Turn a blind
While he smokes his shit.

I'd like to know what you think about the situation....about the rioting, the stabbings, the way things are at the moment.

Just remember, there are lots of good people in the world, a lot of good people and we need to connect and show we care. That is our power and our strength, not to declare war on these people but somehow, someway we have to see what we are all doing wrong as one society and take responsibility for the way things are and to help impliment change.

Be safe and be well. xxxxx

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