Photo By Jools Thatcher

Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Rebellion“.

Afternoon Jon and once again greetings from Coventry.

One positive of the rubbish summer we’ve been having over here, is I’ve been able to catch up on quite a bit of reading , including a history of The Hundred Years War, which incidentally lasted one hundred and fifteen years, but that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

Also a couple of recent articles in the press have raised my blood pressure and they’ve all sort of converged to produce this week’s rather angry offering.

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Also have a listen to the songs on the New Album “Angel In Reverse


Joan of Arc, served her god and king and served them well
Yet found herself betrayed, isolated, when she fell

Imprisoned, dressed as though a man – not to aid escape
To ward off and discourage the ever present threat of rape

Since her time, so much has changed and yet remains the same
Doubt cast on the innocent, and with that doubt, the shame

What mitigating circumstance can turn “no” into “yes”?
Consent can never be implied by how we choose to dress

The toxic undercurrent, “They get what they deserve”
When law colludes with culture and becomes the gods we serve

Twisted, blinkered ethics; self righteous, heartless, mores
It is they who are perverted, they who are the whores

Scriptures, through ambiguity, must share in our damnation
Words, usurped, distorted, to suit man’s interpretation

The freedoms we have forged can never be presumed
While the dogma of the past is allowed to be exhumed

Rights, hard won, still pregnable, can easily retract
Rebellion is a constant, not a solitary act

The enemy we fear, hibernates within
The devil walks closest to those denouncing sin

When religions rule our values, the liberties they take
Morality, itself, risks burning at the stake

© Copyright 2013 Ian Bland

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