i don’t like jenga

Those terrifying little blocks

That always seem to come out when

The drink is flowing and the people think

That they have steady hands.

Those blocks are deceptive little bastards,

They look so firm and steady as

They’re gently slid from lower points.

But take one out and wobbles creep

Into structures once so strong.

And then it’s always bloody me

That draws the fatal piece,

My heart in throat as tower tumbles.

The game is over all because

One block too many lost its place.

So, this post isn’t really about Jenga (although I do really hate that game). Jenga absolutely terrifies me because I get so nervous that I’m going to topple the tower. And when it does topple the sound is always far too loud for my liking. Give me a nice game of Monopoly any day of the week.

However, the game did come to mind when I was watching the news this afternoon. They interviewed a black poet who said the problem we are facing today is not a ‘black’ problem, it is a ‘human’ problem.

He went on to say that we are focusing on the race issue now but silencing one part of society has a knock on effect. People of colour are silenced first, then it might be the LGBT community, then it might be women. Eventually we could find ourselves in a society that is run entirely by white men, with nobody else having a say (not far from where we are now when I come to think of it).

I get that it’s a bit of a self centred way of looking at it but it is a way of encouraging everyone to stand up for one another. Sometimes it’s the fear that we’ll say something wrong or don’t have the right to say. But it seems that I’m learning this week that things may not be ‘my problem’ now, but they can quickly escalate and become mine.

It’s also nice to know that we all have each other’s backs. I want to live in a world where we all watch out for each other. How that happen, I’m not quite sure but perhaps we need to take a look at the way in which top down government works. Perhaps spreading out the responsibility on a more local level is the answer.

I feel like I could waffle on about this for ages and not make much sense so I’ve popped a video of Russell Brand talking about the way the government have dealt with the virus. I think that some of the same principles apply and he’s probably a bit more eloquent than I am.

Much Love,

Rachel xx

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