I’m watching BBC Question Time and these are the words that started to come into my head. We are living in a really divided and scary Britain and world at the moment. It’s scary enough to make me want to turn the TV off and pretend that none of it is happening. But poetry is designed to help us say what we feel about these bigger topics in the world, so here goes…
What I really need is someone to look up to.
I don’t need a person who speaks so posh,
That someone like me can’t understand what he thinks,
How he feels and the things that he wants.
I don’t want to follow men who are older than dad,
Who can’t possibly understand
What is nagging at my consciousness, as I toss and turn,
In my bed late at night.
I need somebody who speaks like me, looks like me,
Concerned by the same things as me.
I need to know that the world that I leave,
To my children and their children will be OK.
Better than OK.
I want it to flourish and some posh geezer,
Who waltzed through Eton and Oxford,
Or Cambridge or somewhere like that,
Just doesn’t seem to get what I mean.
When I say that I’m scared, I’m really so scared.
They’re out for themselves in this contest,
For popularity and fame.
Think of the speaking gigs and book deals they’ll get,
When this is all over,
And the country is in tatters.
When we are all left to pick up the pieces.
So I don’t really care if a candidate,
Is young or female or ‘wet behind the ears’.
I care if she cares and I can see it in her eyes.
I want a role model,
And if that makes me stupid or silly or dumb,
I’ll take it on the chin and vote with my foot.
Because all that I really want and need,
Is a person to relate to,
To look up to and a person I’d quite like to be.
I don’t think it’s hard to guess who I’ll be voting for next month and my reasoning behind it. I hope that everyone does get out there and vote and I hope that this next couple of weeks will start to wrap up such a difficult three and a half years in our history.
I’d love to hear what your thoughts are in the comments, although do keep them loving and respectful. Politics have the ability to draw us together or rip us apart and I hope that whoever in power does everything they can to do the former. This is about what’s best for the country and not how much glory the person who wins can enjoy.