Too poor for activism

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Too poor for activism

Pretty words are not enough
They were never enough
Sometimes, they were just
All we had, without actions
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Like cowards, we wrote
We tripped on beauty
Lyrical, sweet, like pretty
Necklaces of lace lit

By the lanterns of our moons
We cherished our pretty nothings
Calling them precious, we
Stood in our own myths

Self-aware of ourselves only
As the center in our own game
We crafted what we could
On Earth, like a soul on a mission

Pretty words are never enough
Revolutions are rare and bloody
For the majority of people
Have no courage, no true inspiration

To fight or stand up
For what they believe in
We are all watered down
Moderates, shy to go against the norms

Where women are raped in India
Where women are hit in Mexico
And women are killed for family honour
In many places where marriages are arranged

And here, where the internet
Is being monitored and our privacy
Is evaporating in regulations
Of the firm resolve of a police-state
That likes to call itself a democracy.

11 thoughts on “Too poor for activism

  1. Woow I like it. Felt like you were talking right to me here. I like how it switches to present tense halfway through, almost challenging the reader to take future action, once the poem is over. Well done.

  2. I like this “weird rant,” as you call it, but I’d call it a strong expression, in poetic terms, of what’s happening in the world that distresses us… I am glad I read this, this particular morning, because I have to go “slay some dragons” myself!!!

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