the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

our time is occupied by pointless or harmful activities while so much needs to be done

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

living costs are too high. translation: wages are too low.

Extrapolation: the wage system itself is oppressive

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

parents work to provide for their kids, but have no time to spend with them

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

friendships are held together with loose threads of “let’s catch up soon, I’ve been so busy lately” till infinity

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

hoarded wealth and mass depression grow hand in hand

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

student debt is the theft of your future wages

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

crime is falling while incarceration grows

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

people are over-employed and underemployed but no one is securely employed

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

some hoard houses and keep them empty

the old world is dying

while others can barely afford to rent them

a new world is struggling to be born

the government surveils human rights and environmental activists while white supremacists organise and kill under their nose

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

we are lonely but too anxious to overcome our disconnection

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

freedom is reduced to the ‘choice’ to buy something because it makes you feel good, never mind the propaganda that made you feel so inadequate in the first place

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

NZ’s tourism image and agricultural industry are in direct conflict with each other, are we beautiful? or are we rivers filled with shit?
a brand of happiness and beauty only for the screen

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

we are between feudalism and fascism

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

we need to figure out how to give birth to this new world
grit your teeth, clench and push
I know it hurts

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

mass production of barbed wire enabled concentration camps on a large scale

think of what our production and technological capacities are at now

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

can’t all this production be used to produce something other than human misery?

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

world war 3 is only guaranteed if you treat it like it is

the old world is dying a new world is struggling to be born

fascism is a technique, not just a policy or person

come on now push, push

there are more than two options

hold my hand

it’s not just capitalism or communism
socialism or barbarism
reform or revolution

just one last

the old world is dying a new world is ___________

About the author
Kyra Gillies is a queer pākehā poet of mostly Irish descent living in Ōtepoti Dunedin. Solidarity through art and poetry is important to them. Currently Kyra’s favourite quote is from the poet Benjamin Zephaniah who says “fuck power, and lets just take care of each other”.