Slave Trade

Slave Trade

A Poem by Lewis Kenny
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I wrote this when I was just feeling very angry and needed to vent it somewhere. Its the first thing I ever wrote.

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Slave Trade
by Lewis Kenny

How could this have happened to us? How could this not have been seen?
That what is known as the 'American Dream', is just the blatant propaganda of a corporate machine,
you see, who controls the media, has control of the mind.
Didn't anyone tell you that standing too close to tele can make you blind?
Open your mind and see life's grand design.
Instead we're breeding hate, that's fumes from the heads of state, 
and with your heads as bait they spread a culture of fear from their private estates.
I'm just being out-straight.

I'll take you back in time, before the rhythm and rhyme,
before the slithering slime, created the dollar and dime.
Back to the the days of old, the days of bold, when life was worth more than oil silver or gold, 
we had the bravery to raise the stakes, not just sit down and fold.
This isn't folklore, Collins and De Valera weren't the only ones who waged war
in the name of the beautiful Saoirse.

But Saoirse is dead and gone now
she's with O'Leary in the grave.
She had a path to pave, a craft to crave
but when asked to behave crashed like a wave 
to which no one would save.
And while we laughed away and went astray
we slowly reverted back to the days of slaves.
But these are not the slaves you know,
no see these slaves sit at home waiting for their government to throw them a bone,
so they phone, unknown and leave a message after the tone
but get no reply from up high
because the corrupt only look after they're own.

This isn't a joke, understand that I'm trying to revoke the prods and pokes 
that they've done to your mind with their mirrors and smoke, its time you awoke. 
Recognise that this is real life and realise that your real eyes can see past they're real lies.

See you have a voice
so choose to use it and rejoice in that choice
because to lose it is the price you pay 
to join the slave trade of which you'll aimlessly cruise with, 
but don't let this confuse you, this is the system they use to abuse you
and you can escape if you choose to but the choice is yours, don't refuse it.

© 2013 Lewis Kenny


Author's Note

Lewis Kenny
Sorry about the poor grammar. 'Saoirse' is Irish for freedom and is also a common girls name in Ireland

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I was very surprised to read in the description that this was the first thing you have ever written. I can relate very well to this, but then again you wrote about something that a lot of people can relate to in the current political climate. I have a special place in my heart for people who write activist poetry and prose. Great job!

This poem utilizes rhyme and alliteration very well, as well as assonance, consonance, etc. I like the double meaning of "Saoirse." My only criticism would be to avoid repetition that isn't necessary. The word "mind" in the first stanza was used twice and I think you could probably play with those a little bit more. Can't wait to read more from you!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lewis Kenny

6 Years Ago

Didn't even notice I'd repeated "mind" thanks ill keep a watch for that!

Thanks very m.. read more



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AMAZING! Some of these thoughts are somewhat identical to mine!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I really like the ideas you're portraying here! Keep it up!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I was very surprised to read in the description that this was the first thing you have ever written. I can relate very well to this, but then again you wrote about something that a lot of people can relate to in the current political climate. I have a special place in my heart for people who write activist poetry and prose. Great job!

This poem utilizes rhyme and alliteration very well, as well as assonance, consonance, etc. I like the double meaning of "Saoirse." My only criticism would be to avoid repetition that isn't necessary. The word "mind" in the first stanza was used twice and I think you could probably play with those a little bit more. Can't wait to read more from you!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lewis Kenny

6 Years Ago

Didn't even notice I'd repeated "mind" thanks ill keep a watch for that!

Thanks very m.. read more
This is a very moving poem. You did a good job on an emotional topic. You did a good job with the rhyme. Nice work.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lewis Kenny

6 Years Ago

Cheers, more to come along the same lines
what a thought evoking write truly
slaves to the grind
thank you for sharing

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lewis Kenny

6 Years Ago

Thanks for the review, more to come along the same lines

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Added on February 15, 2013
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Tags: Ireland, Government, Activist, Freedom, Slave

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Lewis Kenny
Lewis Kenny

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland



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