We’ve changed, haven’t we?
We’ve come a long way from old sexist and fascist views,
We’ve made lots of changes, you can see in the news,
We’ve stood up to racism and discrimination too,
We’ve accepted all those of colour, and those less able than you,
We’ve changed our laws and taught our kids,
What was once before, is now forbid.
We’ve spoken out on streets and online forums,
We’ve rallied and protested with good will and decorum,
We’ve called out and challenged all their opinions,
We’ve got support groups and networks to break free of dominion.
But you are a fool to think we’re done, as the battle were fighting is yet to be won…
The problem today is its harder to see, the issues we have to just let people be,
So listen close as I spell it out, there’s still work to be done, without a doubt.
We’ve got mental health on the incline, and suicide rates rise,
Not to mention eating disorders of all types, and addictions are rife.
We’ve got fear mongering media and power-hungry leaders,
Telling people what to think so hate comes through the breeders
We’ve got people trying to be strong,
Ignoring true emotions as they are so wrong.
We’ve got hate and assault towards different communities,
I ask myself daily, where’s the unity?
We’ve got rape, domestic violence, and arranged marriages in families,
If you can’t be safe there, then where, we assume it only happens down dark alleys.
We’ve got girls who must wear skirts, and boys who must have short hair
And don’t forget pink for a girl, and blue for a boy, I cry with despair
We have gender pay gaps, and not enough women in senior roles,
We’ve got dads not taking paternity leave as the system is full of holes.
We’ve got kids who can’t cope with a changing world,
As the adults don’t see that the old ways need to be hurled.
We’ve got a society that thinks we’ve moved on, that the problem is solved,
and that their responsibilities for change are now dissolved.
I salute the brave souls who have stood together throughout history to create change,
to those who have pushed the boundaries and didn’t conform with the deranged.
But we can’t stop now, were only half way there,
Acceptance is our goal, for us all to feel whole, only then will we be free from a world under control.
Jessica Bentley. 2018