Tough times lead to great struggle
When common decency leaves people.
Dialogue and debate take a holiday
Bringing destruction to the forefront
Of all that is sacred.
People want to earn and have
A place of their own. They want to
Know that they are respected,
That they have a chance.
It’s not always that way.
The common man has not the means
Of the wealthy, money does talk
And battering rams can be brought to evictions
If there is enough money on the line.
Batons, police lines, hungry tenants
Putting up resistance, the
Only form of power available
To the common man.
Lord Lansdowne brought his goons,
Twenty-four fighters lost their homes.
Ireland in the 1880s was tough,
Be careful who you vote for
By National Library of Ireland on The Commons (Mitchelstown Eviction) [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons