April 2015 PAD – Day 11: Not On My Watch!

On 11th April 1970 – Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. Five words from that ill-fated, but ingeniously salvaged mission have entered the English language, ready to be trotted out irrelevantly at the drop of a hat.

Not On My Watch!

It’s nothing new,
but it’s getting worse.
What can we do,
maybe it’s a curse.

Another species had died,
another atrocity committed,
another leader has lied,
another man has submitted

to the rule of another,
to supremacy and pride.
Another son, another mother,
another piece of us had died.

Can’t fit a square peg
into a round hole.
Each time we break a leg,
we break another soul.

It’s so easy to be killing,
it’s too hard to rebel,
but someone must be willing,
else we’ll all go to hell.

Stand up against the man,
stand up against repression.
Do what little you can,
maybe he’ll learn the lesson.

This orb has survived thus far,
it won’t die on my watch.
Drag your asses out of the bar
and at least pledge as much.

Stop destroying our planet:
this beloved sacred blue gem.
Won’t you lend a hand?
Houston, we have a problem!


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