Poetry In Voice 2016 winner Marie Foolchand recites at Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony



I am the people the mob by Carl Sandburg I am the people the mob the crowd the mass do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me I am the working man the inventor the maker of the world's food and clothes I am the audience that witnesses history the Napoleon's come from me and the Lincoln's they die and then I send forth more Napoleon's and Lincoln's I am the seed crowned I am a Prairie that will stand for much plowing terrible storms pass over me I forget the best of me is sucked out and wasted I forget everything but death comes to me and makes me work and give up what I have and I forget sometimes I growl shake myself as better a few red drops for history to remember then I forget when I the people learn to remember when I the people use the lessons of yesterday and no longer forget who robbed me last year who played me for a fool then there will be no speaker in all the world say the names of people with any Fleck of a sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision the mob the crowd the mass will arrive then

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