poetry

Quiet

You’re too comfortable
in silence.

You live in a society
in which
daughters
ask their mothers
for abortions
instead of ponies
and boys are taught
by their
fathers,
the best ways to
beat
a woman.

Give me something
more
than
“Domestic problems
are found all over.”

You’re alive in an era
where starvation
is an issue
that we’ve just
not
been bothered
to solve
and children,
younger than your firstborn,
are passing bullets
instead of notes.

Tell me now
how you’ve “liked”
that relief fund
you saw on Facebook
the other day.

You go through every moment,
an over-oiled cog
in the machine.

You’re living.
You’re alive.

Right?

Tell me that you are
and I’ll show you
the dead that still bellow.

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9 thoughts on “Quiet

  1. Fantastic social piece.
    You’re too comfortable
    in silence.
    You live in a society
    in which
    daughters
    ask their mothers
    for abortions
    instead of ponies
    and boys are taught
    by their
    fathers,
    the best ways to
    beat
    a woman. – Awesome writing, hard hitting, real.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Really impactful. To be alive is a gift and we take that for granted. To not suffer in life is a gift and many of us take that for granted to. Your last line is powerful “the dead that still below” too many we could’ve made a difference for, and we didn’t. But as much as we should do something it’s also reality, there is darkness in this world one cannot fight alone. Well written.

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