Call for maximum action to stop the coronavirus


By Joy Johnson

For ten years they starved us

cut doctors and nurses who treated us

devalued social workers who cared for us

bosses mocked and taunted us

you work with us not for us

employment became bogus

secure jobs became precarious

cyclists modern day pack horses

eight hours to zero they texted us

we were made to feel worthless

for ten years we’ve had austerity

pushing us into poverty

China became our factory

enough we know the value of unity

shelf stackers, truck drivers are key

cleaners, medics needed in this emergency

Take back our identity

see through their mendacity

comrades express solidarity

And stand with humanity

Joy Johnson is an activist poet