No lighter touch

No lighter touch
by those aligned
in rigid uniforms
[bright high-vis –
might as well be
builders] – Using
a greater force is
needed on tools
& each protester
[equally gripped
by twists] – Cries
of shame on you
peel around that
bandstand [sung
loud in common]
& men will return
off shift & women
will return from a
long duty to wipe
spit & abuse from
their thinned skin
[policy victims in
stained uniforms]