Your Revolution

Whatever happened to your revolution?

You’re working for Barclays, you’re up for promotion.

Back in the eighties you’d rage against Thatcher.

This time next month you’ll be regional manager.

Congratulations, you’ve made it in banking.

You’re queen of the high street, your CV’s outstanding.

How does it feel to be part of the team,

in the faceless, exploitative, corporate machine?

Whatever happened to rights for the workers?

You fought against poll tax, you marched with the miners,

but look at you now - is this what you are,

with your personal pension, your company car?

Where did it come from, this ruthless ambition

to rise through the ranks to a higher position?

Whatever happened to your big ideas?

Wasted on fixed term investments and mortgage arrears.

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◄ Black Ball

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Big Sal

Mon 6th Aug 2018 01:11

The sarcasm in this is just my cup of tea. Great sentiment, and it's superb how your rhymes flow into the end of it. Like Laura said over a year ago, right up the street for me.👍

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Thu 26th Apr 2018 03:51

Hey Joe!
I've been catching up on your poetry and liked what I read - you're already on my list of favourites.
Like Harry, I like the 'run' of this - the seeming ease of your 'conversation'.
I can also relate very strongly to exactly what you're saying - it's like you wrote it for me!
I worked in a bank for 7 years - it paid the mortgage but one day I recognized the wheel and decided to jump off.
Taking myself to university mean I was back to square one, money wise but my soul was singing...
Thank you for your words which strangely feel (now) like validation.

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Harry O'Neill

Sat 24th Jun 2017 15:25

I love the `run` of that :

`How does it feel to be part of the team,

in the faceless, exploitative, corporate machine?

I think lots of the reasons for the rise of populism in America and the lurch towards extreme socialism in Britain is due to the fact that -through globalization and robotics - we seem to be losing touch with the material nitty -gritty of wealth creation. (even though our fully employed, mainly consumer, populations are still enjoying the monetary fruits of it)...I think people are beginning to feel this and worry.

The industry I worked in (export tobacco) moved - after heavy initial automation and job reduction - overseas. The
monetary fruits are still enjoyed here in the form of profits and good pensions. We still have full employment here - but it is overwhelmingly consumer based...which is where the nervousness comes in. (which may be why the American miners want to continue dirtily shovelling coal...
well paid of course)

Some people - Hammond for instance - are beginning to see the problem...But the solution?...who knows?

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 23rd Jun 2017 17:00

Interesting. When I was growing up it was called "getting ahead".
The nationwide firm of Dunn (the hatters...where are
they now?) used the slogan: If you want to get ahead, get a hat.
Did anyone march in support of their demise as time and tide took their toll.
I can see it now:

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Joe Williams

Fri 23rd Jun 2017 02:16

Thanks Laura, glad you like it! It was published last year in the 'More Exhibitionism' anthology by Stairwell Books, and in Soapbox issue 2.

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Laura Taylor

Thu 22nd Jun 2017 16:04

*applauds* Right up my street this one.

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