By Robert Whitaker This poem appeared in the October 1925 edition of the Industrial Pioneer. Note that this was written before the Great Depression. ❖❖❖ How can a man be happy when the world is so awry?When strong men beg for work to do and unfed millions die?When little children lift their heads and plead […]
From the Archives: Escaped!
This poem was written by Ralph Chaplain and published in the Industrial Pioneer in 1923. As a side note, the term used at the time for an escaping prisoner is “wildcat”. ❖❖❖ A man has fled…! We clutch the bars and wait;The corridors are empty, tense, and still;A silver mist has dimmed the distant hill;The guards […]
From the Archives: The W.W.I.
“The W. W. I.” was a poem written by John Banks and appeared in the Industrial Pioneer in 1921. It was inspired by the harsh repression that the IWW faced in this era and is just as sharp as the bosses’ hatred for the IWW. ⯁⯁⯁ By reading the popular press I have found(And mind you, […]
Satire is today a popular artWith many practitioners thereofDisplaying a wide array of talentsAnd showing many societal flawsBut as is with all things so widespreadIt has rather gone to some folks’ heads ❖❖❖ It is easy to find and chooseSome helpless target for casual abuseBringing low the mighty and strongCan be dangerous if done for […]