The Extremes of Society

some are born with a
silver spoon in their mouth…
born to a life of riches…
of silken robes and pleasure…
with time infinite for their
slow leisurely paces…without
the need to bustle in their days…
and fragrant gardens to greet
them in the morning when
they wake…and yet in spite of
these they still find reasons to
rant and whine and want more…

and some are born without
privilege nor wealth to their
name…with only the coarse
cloth of poverty to wrap themselves in
during cold rainy days and nights…
with only the rancid breath and
the froth of an unjust society
to fill their empty coffers…
and the women – in their struggle,
fling themselves – blindly…
unwillingly…to life’s oldest trade…
they close their eyes for courage…
as they cast off their garb and self respect
for the meager price from salacious men…
and while their bodies are despoiled,
they try to escape..they hitch a train – homeward –
via an endless 8-track in their minds…

the extremes of society…and I,
I was neither born with
a silver spoon nor
a life without privilege
or wealth…my struggles
and my pains are different…
and I wonder
if the elocution of those in power
will bring balance and equality
between these extremes and not
coagulate the divide…as in a diode
where everything would flow
towards one extreme…

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5 thoughts on “The Extremes of Society”

  1. The entries I’ve read so far for this week are amazing, and yours is no exception.
    ‘ I wonder
    if the elocution of those in power
    will bring balance and equality
    between these extremes and not
    coagulate the divide.’
    Well said.

  2. “with only the coarse
    cloth of poverty to wrap themselves in
    during cold rainy days and nights…”

    Poignant powerful words….well written!

  3. Nice weaving of politics into this one. I too, was neither one or the other. My struggles have been different as well. (middle class?) nope… just human being. I really enjoyed your perspective and how you leave me with questions. That’s a great piece! Thought provoking! Thank you!

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