I don’t like relentless negativity. We all need to whinge from time to time but you’ve got to balance out the negative with a positive vision. It’s not enough simply to identify the world has problems, there are very few people around who don’t know that on some level, you have to put forward solutions.
So this poem is really about the sort of social media warrior who spends all of their (mostly his) time ranting about how the world is so awful but never finds time to come up with anything that might help. In many ways he’s the modern version of Rik Mayall’s Rick from the Young Ones. He would make a very good partner to the Middle Class Revolutionary.
Johnny Babylon, he’s the people’s
Poet and doesn’t he let you know it?
His speech peppered with the rhetoric of
Revolutions long dead, his verse filled with
Dyspeptic, salacious vocabulary
That obscures the shallowness of his
Thoughts, he talks like he has fought against the
Man all his life but he has never known
The rule of the gun or knife nor been on
The run for his beliefs or felt true grief.
He wishes so much he was from any
Minority, so his fire and anger
Would have more justification, wants to
Educate the nation how ‘salvation
Lies in the generation of positivity’,
Yet somehow can’t see his way
Through to doing proper in depth research,
Knowing both sides is far too much hard work.
Soundbites are his friends, he sends them hurtling
Into the ether, either those angry
Comments he knows we all agree with or
Rewording articles by smarter folk
Than him, he spreads thoughts and forebodings that
Are grim and without hope, to rope in likes
And shares on the web he shifts his comments
With the ebb and flow of recent protests
Or tragedy, but his words are empty
See, because Johnny never ever has
An answer to the pain the world is in,
He can see the sin, preach about the woe
But solving the issue is somewhere he
Just won’t go, since it’s easier to rant
And rage rather than turn the page and seek
A solution, but he’s a Clicktivist
Rebel, spouting endless noise pollution.