Writers in Prison Poem

Writers in Prison – Scottish PEN Poem


Why grant us with such voices?

For you do not want to hear us

Why let us make such choices?

For you do not care for us

Like you, we have words to say

You cannot listen to the truth

So now you hid us away

But we shall fight for a better youth


Lies, deceit and corruption

We lay this all bare

It is time to face the eruption

For we are the ones that care

No more can you hide

For we are the ones that will expose

You cannot destroy our pride

Our determination grows


Kick us, beat us; you are the unjust

We will carry on the fight

We write because we must

To tell the people what is right

For one word to reach a soul

This is one step towards freedom

One more step closer to our goal

You will not control our wisdom


– Claire Jack

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