Take Into Account by Jane Burn

……………………………………..Take into account
where you were born, whether it was into the lap
of fortune, under the boot of terror, in a two up,
two down, back alley place, in the mountains,
the desert, inner city, by the sea.
……………………………………..Take into account
how you were raised, where you went to school – for free,
for fees, or whether school was an option for you at all.
Who your friends were. Who your friends are.
     ..                                                      
……………………………………..Take into account
your unformed heart, your unfilled mind – then begin
to live through history, poverty, strikes, closures, famine,
genocide. Under dictators, under socialism, communism,
Thatcherism, democracy. Under a toadstool. In a ghetto.
Under a mulberry bush.
……………………………………..Take into account
ethnic cleansing, murder, napalm, extermination,
Auschwitz, mass graves, gas. See the shadow
of the Berlin Wall. Great Wall, Hadrian’s Wall, Wall Street,
Wailing Wall. Gulf War, World War, Iraq. Hiroshima,
Syria, Soweto. Empire. Oil. Free speech. Save the Children.
                                   ..                       

……………………………………..Take into account
your expectations – to be fed when you hunger, be cured
when sick. Birth your babe in a safe place. Expect
sanitation, inoculation, bus routes, television,
twentyfourseven access to Weetabix. Milk. Justice.
The Welfare State.
……………………………………..Take into account
what happens outside your own front door. Sexism,
racism, homophobia, discrimination, hopelessness,
thoughtlessness, fear, loneliness, greed.
..

………………………………………Take into account
Jo Cox.
..  

………………………………………Take into account
BNP, EDL, UKIP, NF. BoJo, Farage, Gove.
350 million quid for the NHS. Taxpayer’s money.
They’ll bring control to our borders. Send ‘em back.

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