The Use of Religion
Christianity says, Love thy neighbour
Captalism says, Beggar your neighbour
But politicians still worship God,
because God forgives them, you see.
An Oppressed People's History of Imperialism
(with thanks to Adrian Mitchell)
You took our land,
you made us slaves -
bullets and bibles and all.
We felt your whips,
we bore your chains,
at the master-racists' ball.
We passed round the nuts
and served the drinks,
cocktails, liqueurs and all.
We washed the dishes
and cleaned the sinks,
at the colonial settlers' ball.
We praise your god,
we speak your tongue -
churches and schools and all.
We joined your army,
police, guides and scouts,
at the empire-builders' ball.
We spread your views,
we elect your stooges -
broadcasts and ballots and all.
Here is your news
and here are your voters
at the third world developers' ball.
We bow to the World Bank
and the IMF -
pounds and dollars and all.
We send you food
while our children starve -
a curse upon you all,
a curse upon you all.
Epitaph for the Tomb of the Unknowing Soldier
He thought: for king and country, empire, glory,
honour, medals, fame, applause.
He went: but never knew the cause.
He fought and died, in rich men's wars.
From: More Agitation
Political Satires and other Poems
by Bob Dixon
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