On our niggling insecurities,
Our insatiable greed,
Our competitive spirit,
Our unjustifiable fear of Difference.
Scorn and shame,
Judgment of the Self, others, and
Systematic destruction of self-esteem,
Inward self-loathing and
This is our Society,
Cracking and crumbling
Into the moral abyss.
Emma H, age 25, 27/10/2016
We stumble through life,
Eyes closed to injustices,
Mired in apathy,
Into shameful selfishness.
We must awaken:
Weaponise our awareness
To fight for fairness,
Stand up against prejudice
And cease self-centred slumber.
Emma H, age 26, 04/08/2017
Double Tanka written for Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – week 56 – “Awake” & “Sleep”. Click on the link below to see how the challenge works and to submit your own!:
We are chained
To the rhythm of the money printing press,
We are tethered
To time ticking down the relentless hours,
What have I become?
I am naught but a failure.
Success and happiness are an illusion:
An unattainable nirvana just beyond the horizon
That we hunt like ravenous wolves,
I can feel the cold stare of a thousand soulless eyes,
Ablaze with scorn and judgment left overt and undisguised,