Alone and silenced, is that how they feel?
Almost, as if their life is not real?
Decisions about them already made,
The plans for their life already laid

Jumping from one place to another,
Not really knowing a father or a mother,
Is it true he has no sister or brother?
They never really know

Feeling caged like animals,
That's how their story goes,
Enraged by everything,
Seems they get no say in anything

No song or dance, no second glance,
They go through life thinking they haven't got a chance,
And what do we do or say to prove to them that its not that way?
God only knows

They struggle through day and night,
Showing they are strong and know how to fight,
Do they know they are not alone despite not being able to talk to their parents
on the phone?

Our minds on other things, their dreams of golden rings,
The culture of today stuck on destiny,
Kids growing up without integrity,
Oh when will they ever see?

Bling bling and Hollywood, never think of those you should,
Blinded by what our heart desires, wonder how things will transpire?,
Thinking they are invincible, hearts lost in passions' fire,
Always about the here and now, never fully comprehending how,
Things are supposed to appear, nothing about working hard and shedding sweat and tears.

Getting what you want replacing getting what you need,
Money planting thoughts like the Devil with his seed,
Replacing thoughts of achievement with an overflowing bag of weed,
The signs are there to be seen, have you noticed? Where have you been?

December 8, 2000

Comments 6 comments

\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

I like this and find myself wondering where the inspitation came from

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Enigmatic Me 7 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

Work related thoughts tangled with global thoughts on marginalized youth.

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manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

Really great the inner twists..."of what is happening to our children" this world? There is much depth to your poem!

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Enigmatic Me 7 years ago from East Coast Canada Author

Thanks. I'm cautious about putting anything out firs time for everything, so its nice to have polite responses to my work.

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mystixsprings 7 years ago from Long Beach

I liked your poem. I thoght that it was very relivent to what is going on today.

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Enigmatic Me 4 years ago from East Coast Canada Author


Thanks... it was something I felt ..and still think is happening to Canadian kids. Not that it isn't elsewhere the same, but the ideas that society condones and creates this environment makes me sad. Schools have no say in the behaviors they see, no one but family may have a say, and.... what happened to 'respect your elders', 'treat others as you would have them treat you', 'hard work is what will get you the life you want'....

I donno, I really do think the future in Canada is stunted by the ignorance (both definitions) of adults. The feeling that you can't ask a youth (12-18) to watch their mouth while you and your kids are on the bus because you fear retaliation.... that's not how I grew up. I'm disappointed that this is the way it is.....

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