King Belshazzar summoned Daniel when these words first appeared:
Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upsharin, their meaning wasn’t clear.
Daniel knew when first he read the writing on the wall
Trouble was a’coming and a kingdom sure to fall
He predicted a Babylon at war, their people overcome
Death and destruction raining down; the end of days for some.
Where, oh where is Daniel now to interpret what’s been writ,
By greedy politicians, lacking compassion and/or grit?
A document that few have read, still fewer comprehend,
Has power over life and death; what suffering it portends!
No, we have no need for Daniel to show us what seems plain:
Rich white men aren’t worried about your suffering or your pain.
The phrase “the writing on the wall” refers to Chapter 5 of the Book of Daniel in the Bible when King Belshazzar sees a hand appear to write the words Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upsharin on a wall. Belshazzar summons Daniel to interpret the writing, which Daniel translates as “Numbered, numbered, weighed, divided.” Daniel tells Belshazzar that the writing means that Babylonian kingdom will be invaded and divided among the Medes and the Persians. The term “writing on the wall” has since been used to refer to any omen that predicts a bad outcome.