Saturday, 9 July 2016

System Down (August 25, 2014)

Optical illusion
War fought and won
Through the legal
And political systems.

Discrimination
Although illegal
Is fact of life
With a bitter smile.

Ghettoization
By fear
And economic needs
Just out of sight.

Children are cannibalized
Without a second thought
Mental health system
Drowning in numbers.

Hope
A caustic pill
Things will get better.

Therisa © 2014

Author's note: Written during the Ferguson, Mo, civil unrest, as I struggled, with my second bout of severe agoraphobia, costing me, the summer of 2014.

14 comments:

  1. This is very tough to read. As was Ferguson tough to see over and over and repeating itself. Words on paper help affirm....I am so glad you are with dVerse. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lillian, I do hope this poem hasn't open any unhealed wounds, for you. Never my intention, for any of my poems to hurt others, with my words.

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  2. I sometimes that the what we read and what happens around us add to the depression... I need some really good news, something joyful that I haven't seen in years... and still I know there are many things that are getting better.

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  3. You give a strong voice and point out the terrible things that take place in our world. Powerfully penned.

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  4. Goodness, not surprised that world and personal events converge to make things nearly impossible for us at times... sorry to hear you went through that.

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  5. You have revisited Ferguson with powerful words.

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  6. I hope your journey becomes better ~ Some days are just too sad and depressing for me if I have read all the news lately ~

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    1. I hear you, Grace, especially, after the tragic event that happened this week, in London, England.

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  7. Yours is a powerful voice, Therisa, and putting it out there, breaking that optical illusion, helps us see that hope is one great thing that is not an illusion. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see more of your world.

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  8. Powerful piece. Well written.

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  9. It is good that we don't forget what happened.

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  10. Such an important voice that must be heard..keep going..

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  11. "Hope
    A caustic pill
    Things will get better."

    That was a very terrific write. Take a bow.

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  12. The world is not fair. No one really said it should be I guess. Some f@cked up shit going on everywhere. So we must write, we must hope, we must strive and we must believe and hope that we can and will turn things around.

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