Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Get a Grip

It's World Mental Health Day, so

SNAP OUT OF IT
Snap out of taking orders
Snap out of blame
Snap out of 'disorders'
Snap out of shame
Snap out of austerity
Snap out of stressors
Snap out of poverty
Snap out of pressures
Snap out of 'raising awareness'
and start raising hell
This system's sick
It isn't well

GET A FUCKING GRIP
Clench your fists and bite your lip
Get a grip on broken minds and
Ask yourself what is breaking them
Get a grip on that banner pole
On that placard stick
Stop the traffic
Shout and kick
Take my tip
Get a grip

CALM DOWN
and chill out
Never spit your pill out
Chin up, man up
Pull everything you can up
Raise your hand up
Make your point and stand up

FFS, PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER
Pull our allies together
Pull our demands together
Pull our hands and arms together
Pull together all our resources
Our battling and campaigning forces
Pull ourselves together
Solidarity forever

© Janine Booth


Janine Booth lives in Hackney, East London. She writes and performs poetry, and has had three slim volumes of poetry published. Janine posts poems and political polemics at www.janinebooth.com


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