Reluctant Voters

So terribly busy they can't find the time

So much to do as they sit and they whine

The feckless, the witless, the idle, the bloated

Bragging about how they never voted


It might rain, I might get wet

Can’t I do it on the internet?

Or click a message on my new mobile?

That would make it seem worthwhile

Can I do it in the burger bar?

Maybe as I drive through in my car

I’ve got to get home and have my tea

And watch a film on my DVD


Meanwhile in a distant land

Desperate voters take their stand

Walking miles at break of day

Just for once to have their say

Not minding if they’re forced to queue

That’s the procedure all go through

Women get roughed up by a thug

Responding with a subdued shrug

Hoping that this one’s for real

And the outcome isn’t already sealed

An opportunity at last to use your voice

A slender chance to make a choice


Meanwhile the apathetic must stay mute

They're all the same, just men in suits

Let’s hope you never have to pay

The price for turning the other way

Or ever have to stand and fight

Or disappear in the dead of night

No words to argue, no time to resist

Or reclaim the chances, already missed

Then sit wondering how it all got skewed

And democracy led to servitude

Take a warning and don’t lose sight

Certain ideologies sleep very light

Richard Raftery