Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

poem- rise June 5, 2014

When people are oppressed

it is the citizens’ duty to rise!

When rights  are taken from one group

it is the citizens’ duty to rise!

When a government’s actions are illegal

it is the citizens’ duty to rise!

When faced with injustice

it is the citizens’ duty to rise!


For when one group is oppressed

You will be next.

When rights are taken from one group

You will be next.

When government acts illegally against one group

You will be next.

When faced with injustice you must fight or

You will be next!




28 Responses to “poem- rise”

  1. mihrank Says:

    When you work hard or you work till late,
    your efforts will pay and your results will be great.

  2. indernik Says:

    Reminds me of the energy and determination that walt whitman used to bring to his readers through poetry.

  3. suchled Says:

    It sounds as though you have been following the latest political news in Australia. Especially about asylum seekers who are locked on an island in Papua and told if they come by both they will NEVER be settled in Australia. But if they have enough money they can fly in and welcome.

  4. Leroy Says:

    Oh so true.. If only it was that easy..

    • It’s a relatively simple thing to stand, it just requires a hell of a lot of courage and steadfastness when the unlawful government is against you and spreading misinformation. Then it requires EVERYONE to stand before change will occur.

  5. peter boughton Says:

    Go Shelley!

  6. sporterhall Says:

    Absolutely….it is the citizen’s duty to rise in the face of injustice! Very sobering post. Thank you for visiting and following my other blog. I truly appreciate the support! Keep on rising and have a great day! 🙂

  7. clarissa415 Says:

    Good reminder. I’m getting old and have been “marching” for decades and sometimes feel like it is useless. In the scheme of history, however, it is more important to have a voice than to be silent, no matter the outcome

  8. Reminds of that poem written about the nazis, this is brilliant. A pity I don’t write about more important stuff

  9. Rich Proctor Says:

    Truth beautifully stated!

  10. And, even if you are not next, even if you are forever protected from this direct violation, you very humanity has been violated by the denial of someone else’s humanity.

  11. Ginz Says:

    Very well put and a clear answer to apathy.

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