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Dear Mr Juvenile (An Overview of the 2011 England Riots)

Mr Gee poet on August 16, 2011 17:51

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    The 2011 August riots spread around England like a virus. Images of pitched battles against the police, cars & buildings set ablaze & the tragic death of 5 people were broadcast around the world. The causes have been the subject of much debate. I spent my August night sitting outside my block with a few other residents....just waiting.
    .
    Dear Mr Juvenile,
    .
    Dear Mr Juvenile,
    I'm really struggling to understand what's happening across the land,
    The streets that I knew as a little boy, I can barely recognise them as a man,
    And maybe that's just the path that my generation has to face,
    A path in which you play a part,
    But a path in which I claim a stake,
    .
    Now I fully understand alienation,
    I remember youthful frustration,
    The similar talks of the disenfanchisement,
    Of Thatcher's "lost generation",
    .
    I know all about "Stop & Search",
    I bear the scars & show the hurt,
    And I know how hard it is to stand tall,
    When they close the walls around your worth,
    .
    But what I don't understand is....
    .
    Why am I sitting outside my block at 4 o' clock in the morning?
    Keeping watch so that you don't rob my family.
    Just because you're finding life boring,
    .
    You claim that nobody gives a damn,
    But I've seen the dramas between the gangs,
    Allowing post-codes to carve you up,
    With self-inflicted cuts,
    You're playing the Devil's postman,
    .
    Maybe I'm just a little out of touch,
    Can you please school me onto something?
    Is this consumerism in its purest form?
    Or a mental wardrobe malfunction?
    .
    We all know that life can seem unjust,
    And a day of mayhem provides a rush,
    Absent fathers are like absent leaders,
    When you really need them... they don't show up.
    .
    Is this the only way for your story to get told?
    Or is it all about that mobile phone?
    Or have we just fought too many battles abroad,
    Neglecting the war-zones outside our homes?
    .
    How can you & I peacefully communicate?
    Before the tension really escalates?
    The rich preach greed to the trickle-down thief,
    So you rush out onto the street & cheaply imitate,
    .
    So Dear Mr Juvenile,
    I'm still sitting outside my block,
    Waiting for your path to cross with mine,
    'Cos we're both against the clock,
    .
    Perhaps I'll never truly understand,
    This new road on which you venture,
    But I'll still extend my hand,
    In the hope that we can,
    Fix this mess together,
    .
    (c) Mr Gee 2011

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