There’s A Better World Coming

“You can listen to Woody Guthrie’s songs and actually learn how to live.” Bob Dylan

I woke up today feeling helpless and hopeless. There’s something about a madman shooting hundreds of people from a hotel window that breeds helplessness. And something more about living in a country of cowards who bow before the National Rifle Association that breeds hopelessness. 

Then I heard it was 50 years ago today that Woody Guthrie died and I felt a little ashamed. Because this land is my land. And I am sick to death of this land being turned into a playground for gun nuts. And even if I don’t live to see the death of our sick gun culture, I know in my heart that someday it will die the grisly death it so richly deserves.

“The people are building a peaceful world, and when the job is done, that’ll be the biggest thing that man has ever done.” Woody Guthrie

  


There’s a better world that’s a-coming
I’ll tell you why, why, why
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
I’ll tell you why
We will beat them on the land, on the sea, and in the sky
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
I’ll tell you why
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
And don’t you see, see, see?
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
Don’t you see?
When we’ll all be union and we’ll all be free
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
Don’t you see?
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
Don’t you know, know, know?
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
Don’t you know?
I’m a union man in a union war
It’s a union world I’m fighting for
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
Don’t you know?
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
I’ll tell you why, why, why
There’s a better world that’s a-coming
I’ll tell you why
Out of marching out of battling
You can hear the chains a-rattling

There’s a better world that’s a-coming
I’ll tell you why

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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