Tony French

Basic Rights

You may not hear but I’ve the strength to speak.
Power is no substitute for right.
Life is an equal right, however strong or weak.

Your power makes you cold, antique
a creature not of day but of the night.
You may not hear, but I’ve the right to speak.

It seems your pleasure is a mother’s shriek,
and suffering of children your delight.
Life is an equal right, however strong or weak.

What demons in your soul have sought this fight?
What hell is it, that you are forced to seek?
You may not hear, but I’ve the right to speak.

Your power is a tyrant’s, not unique
– death is your only legacy.
Life is an equal right, however strong or weak.

Remember this: reason is the strongest weapon
– the kindest act, the kiss of life.
You may not hear but I’ve the right to speak
– life is my basic right, when I am strong, or weak.

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