Green Left Weekly – Poetry: A battle over truth

Green left weekly recently published my piece & poem about Julian Assange.

This is a battle over truth and freedom of the press. But the debate has been shifted to focus solely on one man, because it is much easier to vilify a man than freedom and democracy.

Freedom will be plucked from our hands if we debate it on the merits of one man…

For freedom, not Assange
Silent steps are taken in the dark
The shadows of history are seen on the walls
Power cringes in the light of truth
Behind closed doors truth is classified
Our fate sealed with government stamps
Truth only becomes truth by inspection
So the gates are locked
Truth deemed such a fragile flower
That it would wither in the public eye
Or could it possibly be the blossoming of liberty
Forces of freedom now stand
Or forever have it plucked from your hand
Information is the key
To unlock the chains around democracy
If it is lost, then we have all lost
Surrendering freedom because we didn’t like a man
Distracted by conjecture the battle is won
Without ever whispering the name of the game

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