Poets Corner: Occupy Your Heart


Occupy Your Heart To the rich man in his castle To the cops who guard his gate To the ladies on Fifth Avenue To the fashion fourth estate To the TV commentators To the mad men buying time To the faceless corporations To their lawyers and their crime Chorus: I want to occupy your heart I want to occupy your mind I want to wander deep inside your soul And see what I can find I want to know what made you greedy I want to know what makes you share I want to know what you would die for And I want to take you there To the bankers and their money To insurance companies To the spineless politicians Stealing life from you and me To the generals at the pentagon To the soldiers soon to die To weapons manufacturers Telling patriotic lies To the fossil fuel companies To auto manufacturers To the food and drug conglomerates Selling poisons and the cures To the ordinary citizens In foreclosure bankruptcy When will you rise up singing out In the land of the free? Michael West is a poet, teacher, singer and songwriter who lives in Vineyard Haven. He is the father of two sons, Chris, 23, an Island landscaper, and Harry, 17, a junior at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. A video of Mr. West singing his poem to guitar is available at mvtimes.com.

Poet’s Corner is a new Martha’s Vineyard Times feature. Dan Waters, former poet laureate of West Tisbury, welcomes contributions from all comers, and he will select poems to be published here. Submissions should be directed to dan@indianhillpress.com.