Hey everyone, Day 14 of NaPoWriMo has resulted in a poem which is political but not party political. It is shall we say written in support of party activists and campaigners of all parties who the real work. The work without which no candidate could ever be elected .The theme was given to me by fellow blogger Amanda-Jaied Wathern who suggested i write a poem on using your vote. As for the title, it was inspired by a volunteer at Sandyhills foodbank when she said I was a bit of a suffragette. naturally i was delighted at this compliment which is why i have called the poem On A Visit To A Foodbank I Was Called A Suffragette. I hope you enjoy the read.
On A Visit To A Foodbank I Was Called A Suffragette
On a visit to a foodbank I Was called a suffragette
by one of the volunteers.
This compliment was given freely
when i said i was member of the SNP.
Though she didn’t agree with my politics
she respected my honesty
When i said i always use my vote and encourage others to do it too
It is important to let your views be known
not just when it comes to your party of choice
it is also essential to let your voice be heard in internal party elections
as candidate selection can be a critical factor
in winning people’s trust
you’ve got it sussed she said
your a bit of a suffragette
I replied that I always attended party meetings
and wished people would stop bleating on
about everyone being in it for themselves
i know this isn’t true
i told her i have friends of all political hues
who are out in weathers doing their bit for their cause
or indoors stuffing envelopes
for the next leaflet distribution
problems won’t be solved overnight
but if we start a dialogue there is a chance
we might be able to change what we can
for the better.
I have no agenda, except to remind candidates
I will never forget what brought me in to politics
a fairer society based on equality not exclusion.
Without the activists no party could achieve what they have.
there are more of us than there are of them.
They need us, we are their front line fighters.
As for me, what you see is what you get.
On a visit to a foodbank i was called a suffragette
it is a badge i shall wear with pride.
@ Gayle Smith 2015