Bootleg

I fought to survive the cancer

But still the boot came in

I fought to save my marriage

But still the boot came in

I fought through tears and laughter

But still the boot came in

I fought for truth and honesty

But still the boot came in

I fought with the sword of justice

But still the boot came in

I fought the nuclear dustbin

But still the boot came in

I fought to find my children

But still the boot came in

I fought for all the homeless

But still the boot came in

I fought for faith and family

But still the boot came in

I fought for Islam’s children

But still the boot came in

I fought for Labour’s heartland

But still the boot came in

I fought against Noah’s rainbow

But still the boot came in

I fought for all the others

But still the boot came in

  

Poem: Shadow Man

Shadow man

Fighting in the dark

Shadow man

Trying to light a spark

Drifting on a winter wind

Wondering where the paths begin

A face follows everywhere you look

Leaping from the pages of each new book

 

Cannot see the enemy

Cannot mark his claim

Cannot fightback anyway

Will not bow to shame

 

Shadow man

Waking in the dark

Shadow man

Rising with the lark

Seeing a ghost of the past

Reaching out for joy that did not last

A face follows everywhere you look

Leaping from the pages of each new book

 

Cannot see the enemy

Cannot mark his claim

Cannot fightback anyway

Will not play his game

 

Shadow man

Drowning in the dark

Shadow man

Walking in the park

Kicking at leaves upon the ground

Knowing what’s lost cannot be found

A face it follows everywhere you look

Leaping from the pages of each new book

 

Cannot see the enemy

Cannot mark his claim

Cannot fightback anyway

Where reason has a name