Ask Yourself

Hey everyone Attending national collective meetings has not been only been good for my social life, and the opportunity to link up with like minded people who embrace the idea of an independent Scotland it has also been highly beneficial for my creativity as I have joined forces with Margaret McLaren McCabe in exploring new ways to win voters to a yes vote.

This is the first poem of our collaboration as Margaret give me the idea to get the undecided and soft no voters to ask themselves what they really want to see in a future Scotland and how they want to see it develop and whether after having done so they can still seriously consider voting no. My money says they can’t but they need to give honest answers to the questions they are pondering. The poem is entitled Ask Yourself and I hope you find an enjoyable and thought provoking read.

Ask Yourself

Ask yourself a question
what kind of country I do want
to live in?
a better fairer Scotland or a Britain which is
not the power it once was
Its glory fading as more lights
go out
with every day that passes
I know you’ll say I look at the future through rose coloured glasses
but is not that not the way
you look at the past
all this we were poor but we were happy routine
you always parrot
have you forgot what Thatcher did?
what Labour sat back and allowed her to do
three cheers for the red white and blue
what have you done today to make you feel proud?
ask yourself is it not time to get your head out the clouds
and then ask the question again
is it independence or direct rule from number 10
ask yourself what kind of country do you want to live in
a better fairer Scotland or a dis united Britain
ask yourself then decide
and whatever decision you take
I hope you can live with the consequences
something tells me you may have to
you may not get this chance again

@ Gayle Smith 2014

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