This is how the rich abandon the poor
we forget them because we can, over and
Don’t you see?
This is how the poor stay voiceless
common slaves to our dictates, they cannot
hold us to account
Do you see?
This is how the poor die young
victims of the impunity that pays
cops for their blood
Have you seen?
The blood, blood
on the street
it cries out
Even if you don’t
Ann van Wijgerden is an Englishwoman married to a Dutchman – hence her ongoing battle to pronounce her own name – and lives in Manila, the Philippines. Ann works at an NGO which tries to ensure children living in some of the worst slum areas of the city are able to complete their education, from preschool to university; www.youngfocus.org. While teaching English is her passion, and speaking is her joy, writing keeps Ann reasonably sane. Blogs at: https://medium.com/@