Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)

How long

philip lacey 1956 (United Kingdom)



Born black a tin shack is home to you now
Your brothers and sisters will feed you somehow
Work down the mines it’s the most you’ll achieve
If you survive all the hardships the squalor and disease

How long must we keep up this fight?
Crying out for human rights
How long how long

Imprisoned or murdered for speaking the truth
You’re charged with the crime no need for the proof
The papers are censored from printing the facts
No cameras allowed to film attacks on the blacks

How long must we keep up this fight?
Crying out for human rights
How long how long

A cancer-riddled growth resides
In this world that should be ostracised
But how long how long

How long must people suffer this plight?
Suppressing their freedom denying their human rights
How long must we have this contention?
When will this world be free of racial tension?
Font size:
 

Submitted by musopa on May 09, 2021

45 sec read
0 Views

Discuss this philip lacey poem with the community:

0 Comments

    Translation

    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "How long" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 29 Nov. 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/99476/how-long>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    Browse Poetry.com

    Quiz

    Are you a poetry master?

    »
    Which of the following was the last to evolve?
    • A. Epic poetry
    • B. Tragedy
    • C. Invective
    • D. Dithyramb

    Our favorite collection of

    Famous Poets

    »