Poems of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment (1)

The first of many poems to be published on No-one Left Behind. "The Book of Revelation", by Sara Boyce Sara Boyce  |  Fri Jun 12 2020
Percy Shelley: Most wretched men are cradled into poetry by wrong; They learn in suffering what they teach in song.
The Book of Revelation

In a cold, rented house,
water pours from her ceiling. She weeps prayers to Allah
while a company man
tells her she’ll need a spigot
to measure the pressure of the water
pouring through her light fittings
so he can assess how to respond
to her request for help.

She’s unable to call for help,
all contacts washed away
by the tossed sea-crossing,
she feels her life ebb,
slip its flimsy mooring.
Later, in a homeless shelter
she lingers by the window,
sees runnels of rain-water
dislodge leaves and insects,
nature uprooting itself.
Outside, a sandwich-board man
stands his apocalyptic ground
Sunday shoes solidly planted on
red, white and blue, implacable
in his black-letter call
to Repent, Repent, Repent

To her,
his revelation of fire and floods
of wars, plague and pestilence
is yesterday’s news.

Sara Boyce works as an organiser with the #123GP mental health rights campaign. She has worked with PPR since 2016, both as an organiser and also as a policy worker across a range of campaigns supported by PPR. Prior to joining PPR Sara worked on both sides of the Irish border with a range of community and human rights organisations, including with Traveller groups and children and young people’s organisations.

She also worked for over a decade from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s as a Speech and Language Therapist, before undertaking a Masters in Equality Studies in UCD in 2006. Sara is passionate about promoting the power of poetry and other forms of creativity in challenging oppression and inequality at all levels.

‘Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution and raising consciousness.’ (Alice Walker)