Where Are We?

What has politics evolved into now?
where are those that care?
Really care? not of career,
but of consequence,
not of loosing face.
but of conscience,
of compassion
Do they compare
with those of the past?
when disasters were new,
enquiry earnest, lessons learned,
did people serve then?
put things right, move on?
Where are they now
that care of need
not of headline
where are they now
that favour justice
not rhetoric.

Where they ever there?

Where are we now?
with only demagogues
to vote for?

Poem by Barry Quatermass © 2019