Be There

Be There: Be there when London’s trees bleed gold across the park. Be there when a hundred thousand friendships are remade. Be there when we who make and build and serve become Blake’s anthem for the future. Be there when old streets smile with music and laughter. Be there when jazz and rap turn marchers into dancers. Be there when we reimagine our beautiful dream. Be there when we proclaim old truths against a vast lie. Be there when the singing and the drumming and the whistling become a soundtrack for change. Be there when we defend our health and education birthright. Be there when the swaggering venture capitalists stumble. Be there when the blame is refocussed on evasion and greed. Be there when we paint the colours of our rainbow island. Be there when everything that is best in us and our terrible and shining history is reaffirmed. Be there when defiance becomes a pulse of optimism. (Roy Lockett)

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Poem by Roy Locket for October 20.

1 Comment

  1. Roy Lockett

    Thanks for printing my poem. It is a very good site. One v small point: the three long lines retain their present placing but should be broken and indented thus:

    Be there when we who make and build and serve
    become Blake’s anthem for the future
    Be there when the the singing and the drumming and the whistling
    become a soundtrack for change
    Be there when evrything that is best in and our terrible
    and shining history is reaffirmed Thanks a lot Roy L

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