WE REFUSE TO GIVE IN

WE REFUSE TO GIVE IN
We are a forgotten people.
Such suffering to be so repeatedly
Ignored,
Misunderstood,
Negated.
How can this be?
The world has grown hard hearted.
The truth has blown away on the wind.
Yet here we stand
Against the storm,
Like broken,
Battered masts,
That refuse
To fall
And disappear
Completely
From existence,
To be swallowed up
By the ocean of ME
That tries to
Consume
Us.
We stay.
We love.
We care.
We share.
We speak.
We know.
We remain
As long as we can,
In defiance
Of the ignorance.
In defiance of
The denial.
In defiance of
The cruelty.
In defiance of
The arrogance.
In defiance of
The neglect.
We are tormented,
Agonised,
Tortured
Yet down-played
By the world.
We demand
That we are recognised.
We deserve that our lives
Be treated
With respect
We deserve that our bodies
Be healed
We deserve that the injustice
Is made right.
We deserve so much more than we get.
The wave of true change
Must surely come?
Until that day
We tie our broken masts
Together
And refuse to give in.
Linda Crowhurst (c) 2018

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