Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Socialist Sonnet No. 96

If Not Now – When?


A majority might wake tomorrow

And declare, ‘We now know the solution

To our major problems, revolution!’

And by revolution we also know

It’s democracy, not insurrection,

As barricades and bullets do little good,

While progress wallows and drowns in blood.

If success be measured through election

Socialism may seem long deferred. Still,

How many centuries did capital wait

Before finally coming to dominate?

There’s no hurrying the collective will.

So, the unsettled question it appears,

Is it tomorrow, or five hundred years?


D. A.

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