The Currency Of Hope (An Open Letter To Catalonia From A Scot Who Voted Yes)

With less than two days before the polls open for the Catalan independence referendum I make no apologies for this poem in support of a yes vote. The Catalans stood by Scotland during our referendum so it’s only right and proper that we should do the same for them and I for one am proud to answer their call. I have given it the title The Currency Of Hope and written it in the form of an open letter to the Catalan people. I hope you enjoy the read. 

The Currency Of Hope (An Open Letter To Catalonia From A Scot Who Voted Yes) 
Dear Catalonia 

We have been where you are 

but the stars didn’t shine for us 

on the night the votes were counted

I remember we stood at the crossroads

but were cowered by press and media who campaigned for the union 

and bribed for a pocketful of promises 

we retreated from democracy 

and at least temporarily 

abidicated our responsibilities 

to look after our people our country, and our interests 

now others suggest you do the same 

with threats and blame thrown at you 

for daring to dream of a democratic future for your citizens 

don’t let them mock your ambitions

when you go to the polling booth

speak your truth 

and send a mesage 

to all small nations 

that freedom costs nothing 

but the currency of hope 

© Gayle Smith 2017

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2 thoughts on “The Currency Of Hope (An Open Letter To Catalonia From A Scot Who Voted Yes)

  1. A beautiful and sincere message of hope on a very dark day for democracy. This is the very time when poets are needed to see past the politics to a deeper humanity. Gorgeous words. Very touching.

    • Thanks Nadine. I hoped you might like it. As you say, It has been a dark day for democracy but as someone who fought for my own country’s independence, I remember the supoort we got from our Catalan comrades so I wanted to let them know I supported them in their right to nationhood and a peaceful and democratic future.

      Best Wishes
      Gayle X

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