MORE RESOLUTE by Ruth Aylett

This was their lesson, a baton on the head
and the horses charging across the field,
but we became more resolute instead.

Called ‘enemies within’ we fell and bled
arrested, beaten, with escape routes sealed.
This was their lesson, a baton on the head.

We don’t forgive the things they did and said
and don’t forget the hate their lies revealed
as we become more resolute instead.

Starved back to work, the industry soon dead,
lives left to decay: nothing really healed.
This was their lesson, a baton on the head.

We’ll make them pay for how they tried to tread
us down into the mud. Why should we yield?
No, we become more resolute instead.

Now millions need foodbanks to get fed
so let’s fight back against the power they wield.
That was their lesson, a baton on the head,
but we became more resolute instead.