What is The Big Society? A Poem About Greed and Deprivation In Our Society

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The Big Society

In our self-preservation society

They are still procrastinating on equality

Don't let them blind you with their ugly truths

They've stolen the future and betrayed the youths


Insidiously, they erode our humanity

But with dignity we face adversity

Their smoke and mirrors blind our eyes

As the rich and powerful deal in lies



In our self-preservation society

Great wealth comes with high anxiety

In their gilded cages behind Jericho wall

They pack their pistols to protect their haul



In our self-preservation society

Power and money replaced integrity

But the room at the top can be cold indeed

Suspicion is the fruit of corruption and greed


The piety displays in the light of day

Gives way to depravity and moral decay

They hunt in packs, preying on the young

Convincing the world, they've done nothing wrong


Celebrities act as if they're Royalty

They exist without unity of ubiety

I'm alright Jack, so to hell with the pack

Worked hard for my money giving nothing back


In our self-preservation society

The majority are seeking notoriety

It matters not if you're rich or poor

One world, one race, at our peril we ignore

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(c) Copyright. J Alexis-Hagues May 2013

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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Crafty, sorry I took so long, just a bit snowed under at the moment. I'm so glad you've found this one, my way of having a rant. However, you are right, times have changed and not for the better. It is unconscionable that people are homeless and hungry in countries like ours in the 21st century, there isn't much hope for us, is there? Take care and my best you.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

So true and sad. The picture of the homeless person with the dogs says it all. It's all about appearances today. I remember a time when people in my neighborhood shopped second hand. Now they are too good for that.

I noticed several years ago the way people dressed and the way people acted toward one another had changed. I thought it was because I became a stay-home mom and was out of the work force so things seems different at first. But then I realized it was no different. People were just changing.

In the past month, there have been two new homeless people on the streets with their pets. I've never noticed anything like it before now. I've lived here my whole life.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Epi, such a pleasure to see you!... I believe you're referring to the bucket of cash she left behind for 'the Society for the Preservation of Nina Simone' :). What a talent, what a troubled soul. Thank you for reading this, it means a lot.

Take care and my very best to you

Jo.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well you nailed this one my friend with a visionary home run right out of the proverbial park and it's profound, thought provoking and like a word from the wise - being a world class writer and poet like yourself.

Just curious though - are you a fan of Nina Simone?

Sending my hubbravo for this one and sincere warm wishes from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 5:30pm


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Kim, nice to see you!... I'm so glad you liked the poem.... thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

Take care and best wishes.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

This poem packs a powerful punch on so many levels. Super impressed.

Best Always,

Kim


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

CriticalMessage, thoughts or articles, no need for blushes :). I very much appreciated your insightful comment, thank you for taking the time, have a great weekend.

Jo.


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CriticalMessage 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I should have stated 'thoughts' instead of 'articles'.... *blushes*


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

CriticalMessage, nice to see you!...I very much appreciate your visit and comment.

Yes, we do try to fit in; but are we being true to ourselves ? there is nothing wrong with being wealthy and successful, it's how we get and use that wealth at a time when so many are struggling. Workers are told to take pay cuts to help get the country out of the mess the politicians and greedy bankers have gotten us into, so it's rather sickening when they blatantly continue with the large bonuses for banker and huge pay rise for MPs. When people get angry, it is not hypocrisy but justifiable anger.

If our society was fair and just maybe we wouldn't need so many guns and high walls.

Take care and my best to you. :)


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CriticalMessage 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Self preservation of personal image and personal security... Oh, the things we do in order to maintain what is perceived to be acceptable... Even at the cost of integrity, credibility, dignity, and conscious... So much pretending we are forced to do in order to survive comfortably... The ultimate in irony and hypocrisy... I love articles like this 'TB' !!!... ~smiles~


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Rajan, you are spot on.... thank you so much, much appreciated.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I think the last 2 images should make our society hang its head in shame!. Excellent work, Jo and hard hitting! Well done!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Audrey, lovely to see you!...I'm afraid I wrote this one in a fit of anger and frustration, the more things change, the more it stays the same. Yes it's very sad, but what can we do?


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So much of this is true and makes me sad--well done!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Good morning Imkarn, it's always a pleasure to have this libra comment on my page:). Thank you for the visit and for this wonderful comment it means a lot.

I hope all is well with you, sending my very best.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

JO! Excluding anything that i have not read - THIS is your finest work! omg - it is just....perfect! BRAVO! i adore your passion and your guts for saying it like it is - and you're so right - it SUCKS!

you just made this libra a VERY happy woman! Thank you Thank you...

spreading this amazing truth around!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Foemeno, thank you so much for taking the time, much appreciated. This will still be here when you get some more toner :). Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Gypsy, you're so right, a society is only as strong as it's weakest link, maybe one day we will be able to see the truth in that. Thank you so much for stopping by, comment and share.

My best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Blossom, lovely to see you!...Thanks for this insightful comment, much appreciated. We have to find a better way or we are lost. Take care and my best to you.


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foemeno 3 years ago from New York

BRILLIANT AND RADIANT GREAT READ... WOULD PRINT IT OUT AND HANG IT BUT NOT TONER LEFT


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

That I feel is one of the problems in life. We all look for self-preservation but we never consider others and it would be better that people in the world would realize that it is also beneficial to help those in need. Great pics. Passing this on.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Great hub. So often we make ourselves No. 1, and never mind about the others so long as we are OK. It reminds me of the Sunday School lesson we were teaching today, about the prayers of the Pharisee and the Tax-collector - one full of his own importance, the other humble and penitent. Which one went home with his sins forgiven?


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Martin, thank you for stopping by...and do let me know when you've published your book exposing the secrets of the masonic fraternity, I'll be first in line :). Take care and have a great weekend.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Luana, thank you so much for all those wonderful words, I'm thrilled to know that you liked it. Take care and have a brilliant weekend.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi DDE, lovely to see you, thanks for taking the time....much appreciated.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Billy, I'm so glad you liked this!...I was just in the right mood for it...so far we've taken all that they can throw at us; as far as the government is concerned, voting them out makes no difference because the others are just as bad. They are all in it for what they can take and not for love of country, unfortunately, the younger generation learns by example so this looks set to go on, there is hardly a single person in public office we can respect as a role model with integrity.

Thanks for the support, take care now, I hope you guys are taking care of those chickens :).

Your visits and comments are always a pleasure.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

So true. So true. The tales I could tell you of the great masonic fraternity.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible photos and what a lovely thought of poetry, you showed a meaningful poem with such patience


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Wow, great writing!!! Provocative and smart and edgy and artsy....really cool photos too. ~Lurana


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

"Pistol on soft pillows".....wow! This is my favorite of your pieces, Jo! There are some great lines in this poem, and the fact that it is "right on" makes it all more powerful. Well done my friend. Now, how do we change things?

Have a great weekend. You earned it with this piece of work.

bill


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thanks Wetnose, and bless you :)! I don't think they care enough... much appreciate the comment, visit and share. Hope you're all well, my best to you and the gang.


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

This should be a bulletin board for all those huffies(for lack of a better word) to see and realize it is about them and what they are doing. Wonder do they realize what they are doing?

Sharing this.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Rose, so nice to see you!...Very much appreciated.

Enjoy the weekend.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Frank, I think that was a little snack between meals :). Thank you for stopping, enjoy your weekend.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Faith, thanks for stopping by, you'd think that by the 21st century we would be more enlightened, but things only seem to be getting worse. Take care of yourself and enjoy the weekend.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kidscrafts, thank you for the visit and the wonderful insightful comment, I agree, the image of the person and the dogs is heart-breaking but sadly real. I really appreciate your support, take care and have a great weekend.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

Very well written and profound indeed. Excellent poetry with a significant point. Thanks for sharing! (Voted up)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

hard hitting truths tobusiness.. and the photos just give it a bigger step.. love the big guy eating that made for a family sandwich LOL great hub :)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Jo! Really profound write here! You said it girl, there is plenty to go around, if those who have an overabundance would only take what they need and then give away what they do not. This is a powerful hub. I agree with all of kidscrafts comments.

This world could be so much more, if only . . .

I work in an office that attempts to prevent public corruption, an arduous task to say the least, so I've seen it all! Pretty ugly stuff.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Great hub! What a great "cartoon" about the guy eating a big part of the Earth and leaving some meager crumbs to the rest of the world. Usually when we use the word "cartoon" it make me think of something funny and in this case, it's not funny at all; it's reality.

Pictures can be so powerful! One of your last picture with the lady and the dogs reminds me of when I was in Argentina and I wen to visit a church; there was an adolescent asking for money at the entrance. He was there with two rabbits and food for his two rabbits but nothing for himself. Often, people who have less have way more principals than rich people.

I hope that one day not too far in the future, people will realize that we are stronger if we help each other instead of a minority trying to have it all!

Thank you for sharing this powerful hub! Great choice of pictures!

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