The Chant of the Indignant of the World

Let there be constant rage among us, mates,
It should not be allowed to subside at any cost;
Let it flow fast and furious and then go global, mates
And let the angry youth Occupy Wall Streets
In the 1000 towns from Madrid to New York;
May 15 is scared for us as
It all began at Puerta del Sol in Madrid
And then the rage spread and joined the global resentment
Against corruption, greed and rising unemployment.
When the university-educated graduates go hungry in the
First World cities in the bleak winter or the summer of discontent,
It means the youth are going to protest against an unequal world
That denies them full personhood, dignity and jobs
And to stop us, erects police and military barriers and steel barricades.
The anger is genuine, palpable and still quiet,
The young feel let down by their own fathers and leaders,
And the Desperate ones want to demolish these barriers of a repressive state
By texting, twittering, face-booking and e-mails,
A gentle revolution is unleashed on the main city squares across a bitter world
Lived by the 99% of the human beings,
In drab slums or ghettoes that breed violence and strife,
The Indignant are everywhere now
Leaderless, mates, yes,
But, as they say,
We are the leaders here---
You and I ---the Indignant youth.
So let us howl, mates and resist
And let the anger do rest of the job.
Let us assemble,
Spread the message
And fight
The deadly combo of corporate-military-state might
Through peaceful protests
And bring change in the rapacious financial zones.

Sunil Sharma

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Freelance journalist, academic, writer and poet, Sunil is from India and published poems, fiction and a novel. He is also literary editor, reviewer, interviewer and critic. He is a bilingual writer who deals with current Indian realities and a globalised world and its impact on his country.

Last updated October 23, 2011