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For the Children of 1917 and 2017...




For 1917 and 2017: A secular prayer…


            ‘Nobody ever said…’     


      ‘The Promise of the Future’


     ‘Song for the Unknown Cadre’


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


Ten million voices know what is wrong

Ten million solutions for putting it right

And a billion eyes see encroaching night


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


Young woman in Dresden with sullied hijab

Teacher in Mosul, burnt, tortured, and stabbed

Are the bombs that fall here

Better than the bombs that fall there?


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


Blue sky, new sky, no longer our true sky

Green Plains turn,

Dry, dry, dry...

Choking dust deserts, drowning floods rise

We might have done something

But it’s no surprise, no surprise…


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


Time, again, and now: children cry in their sleep

Mares of the darkness to make a cyborg weep

All they have known turned to wind-blown ash

In the final, brilliant, plutonium flash


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


The peasants

Still queue at the gargoyled gate

Poor and white in Bristol,

Poor and black in Washington State

And who shall they rage at?  

And who shall they hate?


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


Five decades since promises of jet packs and space

Forwards! Backwards! Forwards!

With this cantankerous human race

No simple solutions, no rest, or easy grace


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


Gallus people fight that a nation be reborn

To free their eagles, their kelpies, their strange unicorn

A defeat doesn’t leave a dream

Shattered, ended or torn…


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


The Lass fae Niddrie, the boy from Benin,

Bullied New Yorker, Old man in Beijing

At wit’s end, longing

For all manner of things


Nobody ever said it would be easy


Who owns the trains? Who owns the planes?

Who owns the screens where we play our games?

Who owns the banks? Who owns the tanks?

The hollow places for submissive thanks?


Nobody ever said it would be easy…


For you and I, and yours and ours,

And those who raise the shield

The future’s no’ yet ower

Don’t dare you bow or cower

Before the weapons that they wield


Gather up your armour,

Once more take the bloodied field

With wearied heart, and aching limb

Deny, defy, expose the lie

That only they call what is real.


You are not a single mind

The days to come are not yet sealed

Fight on, fight on, and you will find

A million hearts will with you strive

For the right of a’

To be true…and alive!


You must not yield

You will not yield


But nobody ever said it would be easy…


Steve Arnott


Other articles by Steve Arnott in The Point include:

Arthur C Clarke: A Very Modern Odyssey

A Tribute to Neil Armstrong... or 'Where's that f*****g space elevator?

The European stem cell research ban – why and how we should fight it

Enriching Scotland’s Common Weal through Scottish Inventions and Innovations

(science and ideas)


The Conspiracy of Doves I – Darwin, Marx and The Conspiracy of Doves

The Conspiracy of Doves II - Socialism and the selfish gene: A tale of quiz shows, game theory and natural selection

The Conspiracy of Doves III - The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection, part one

Postcapitalism: An Overview – Part One

(Darwinist-Marxism, evolution/revolution, post-capitalism)


In Praise of Beethoven

Teaching Tom…and Dick and Harry and Jane: A Personal Reply to Tom Hunter on Scottish Education

The Culture: Iain Banks’ Greatest Creation

(culture, education, The Culture)


Reversing privatisation and PFI using a ‘windfall’ financing model

2013, A Year to Go: Independence and Raising the Game in Phase 2

Achieving gender balance in an Independent Scottish Parliament (co-authored with Liz Walker)

Taking back what’s ours: Why we need a Public Commission on Public Ownership

Max the YES: Tactical Voting for Holyrood 2016, Yes or No.

(independence, socialism, progressive policy ideas)

On seeing Orcas in Burra Sound

(poetry, verse, fiction)

Steve’s novel, Pilot of the Storm, First of ‘The Star King’s Proxy’ trilogy, is also available to buy or rent at…

External links:

Bella Caledonia

Bright Green

George Monbiot

Green Left


The Jimmy Reid Foundation

Laurie Penny

New Left Project

Newsnet Scotland

Richard Dawkins

Scottish Left Review

Socialist Unity

UK Uncut

Viridis Lumen

Wings Over Scotland

Word Power Books