Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Socialist Sonnet No. 97



The vote’s been taken, pickets are posted,

Placards hoisted, slogans given full voice;

Their situation leaves strikers no choice

As wages fall, while profits are boosted

At the workers’ expense. This feels arranged

As was the broad discontent forty years

Ago which surely must provoke fears

That forty years on nothing much has changed.

Inflation is still whittling away pay,

Governments of various stripes all show

It matters little how they come and go,

While the interests of capital hold sway.

Class solidarity may win, but then,

Gains secured will be taken back again.


D. A.

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