I recently met one of our campaign supporters who was helping out on a campaigns stall to promote the biofuels campaign. During the course of the afternoon we got talking and he told me how he’s taken up writing poetry and was working on a poem about ActionAid. Well a few days later this tour de force popped into my inbox. It does such a great job of capturing what we do, so in the spirit of National Poetry Day, I thought I would share it here.
ACTIONAID HELPS By Cliff Bevan
Somewhere in the world’s unseen
People live both gaunt and lean
Crops are grown in wasted fields
They toil all day for smallest yields.
Without rain these people starve
While all remote a living carve,
Then a famine will befall
Some will die, out goes the call.
Charities such as ActionAid
Find someone where cause is laid
Make a noise to spread the word
Try to make their message heard.
They need some help from Western lands
Where well off folk do’nt dirty hands,
Money’s wanted for support
Pass their right of being taught.
They supply the knowledge farmers need
And Aid, like handing out the seed
Which means that they can grown their own
A better life by what is grown.
But sometimes it is out their hands
As company’s take away their lands
For biofuels, which governments bless
And conglomerates plant with no redress.
The food that’s used to keep them whole
Drives western cars to reach a goal
And taxes do not reach the poor
As lawyers find a hole in law.
Tax havens take so much away
So companies find they need not pay,
The Budgets and the future bills,
At last it’s seen that power kills.
It all makes life out there so hard,
They need to fight, be on their guard,
With charity’s aid to publicise
And bring the facts to Western eyes.
So join this group of forty years
That try’s to take away the tears
Of children hungry in their bed
Who without help would not be fed.
So pay your taxes when their due
To countries who have much to do
And keep the land for folk to feed
Not taken up for pointless greed.