Activism over the years. From a CD Eyes Wide Open.
MAU MAU .
MAU MAU ©
A song I wrote in the 1980s musicalised. A poem from my memories as a child in the 1950s
Europe with your lands your beauty and your culture.
Why did you rape and plunder so many lands and lives?
You destroyed denied stole and erased.
But spirits don’t die.
They cry but don’t die.
When I was a child growing up in the 50’s I remember the Mau Mau.
Portrayed in the News I heard it on the radio.
I saw it in the papers & on the newsreel screen.
Savage hoards of cannibals, people who killed and plundered
raiding white peoples home and lands.
Mau Mau was the bogeyman! The dark reason for my fears in dreams.
Flashing eyes and spears and deafening screams.
They crashed through jungles and crept across the lands, silently in the night
to find me In my bed. And I was afraid.
Why did nobody tell me Who was Mau Mau and why?
On hot earth still throbbing with the heat of bloody turmoil.
Cities, whose riches and splendour are denied to those who built them
with their sweat and their pain.
But spirits don’t die. They cry but don’t die. ©
When will we ever learn?’
War, Racism, the ever-present class war, obscene wealth, and extreme poverty, our streets, the world over, hold so many homeless people, more than I have ever seen. 100 years ago, Officers sat in French Chateaus, a long way behind the front lines and the Trenches, the Mud, the Guns, the Gas Poisons, Rats, the screams of the dying, ordering the ‘Cannon Fodder,’ wave upon wave to certain death and or dismemberment. And always the for life body held trauma.
When will we ever learn?
The Yemeni Civil War The Syrian Civil War South Sudanese Civil War, Palestine, Afghanistan.. armed by? We all know.
Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.
2017 December – State of emergency imposed on Kassala state along the border with Eritrea.
West Africa, the countries include Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo. In East Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda.
Unrest all over the World, South America, Iraq, all over the Middle East on and on- none wants to be a Refugee.
I do not trust the people in charge.