The Protesters - Poem by Dennis Adonis
From the square of the revolution they all took off
Very vociferous with their banners aloft
In a unifying tone a slogan they chant
Some with emotions and a dramatic rant
Confusion reign as the route they can't decide
But they all soon follow the instructions of fat man Clyde
He and some top ranks walk off in a barrier line
And Up Brickdam Street the crowds follow behind
Some people in the crowd then suddenly disagree
That they aint following the protest too far behind he
So some decided fuh run to the front
Plus some one of them even stumble and buss them mouth
Fat man then get vex and say the protest call off
And there's where he made the protestors laugh
Everybody start mumbling they come alone fuh sure
Fuh carry home TV's from somebody store
So towards Regent Street the crowds now turn
And suddenly you see somebody store start to burn
Hundreds of citizens now hustling to get out of town
And store owners had to pull their metal shutters down
By evening time it all subside
Some people went home with TV's and new bicycles fuh ride
The arrested few in the lock-ups start fuh cry
While others on TV complaining how police swell up dem eye
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Without reading this interpretation, that poem would have been understandable to anyone who has been living in Guyana at an adult or late teenage age, between 1997 and 2009.
I must confess that I have some great difficulty recollecting the exact dates of some of Guyana's toughest protests. But aside from Linden, this poem can more resonate with the protest actions of 1997.
While peaceful protesting is considered an entitlement or part of the fundamental rights of all citizens, these protest actions always seem to be an opportune time for persons who are bent on committing criminal acts to inter-mingle with the genuine protestors and as such strike upon the innocent whenever the opportunity presents itself.
These scenarios are often taken seriously and sometimes results in damages and loss of property etc.
Nonetheless, it sometimes has a comical side too; that we all often seem to remember only a long time after the protest action itself and its associated incidents would have all died down.
And if you ask me, this poem is like an anthology where the entire protest action is viewed from its comical side, as I place some satirical emphasis on some of the negative things that often occurs during these said protest actions.
Nonetheless in despite of some of the sordid memories that some of these protests actions may have brought to some, I still hope that they discover the entertaining pieces of their memories when they reflects on; - The Protestors.
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