Disillusioned with the state of affairs in Malta, a 14-year-old activist has penned a sarcastic but heartfelt poem in an attempt to stir the public into making their voices heard.
“What future does Malta have? What safety does our voice have?” Eve Borg Bonello told Lovin Malta. “So much is at stake and we don’t even know it. I’m very patriotic, I love Malta and that’s why I want to fight for it. We as Maltese citizens deserve better. We all need to speak up and make our voices heard, or we’ll regret it in the long run.”
The poem, entitled Oqgħod Kwieta (Stay Silent), is being reproduced in full below and is followed by an English translation of it.
Don’t say a word
They don’t want to hear the truth.
Don’t say a word.
They don’t care about integrity.
Just let the two parties lead you by the nose
And discard you as soon as they get elected
You will get marked as forming part of an ideology
Even though, ultimately, that’s not how democracy should work.
God forbid you think for yourself
Because you will get stared at as though a giant has just trodden over you
And as though his shoe has left a mark of truth, of which only a shred remains.
Therefore I tell you, my friend
Stay silent and don’t say a word
Because the last person who opened her mouth
Ended up silenced in the middle of a field.”