Island of Annihilation
I wrote this piece back in the 80's. Upon reflection, that seems to be the era in which I was observing and discovering myself. It seems I felt alone when I wrote this, but I haven't totally shaken the sentiment that brought it forth. We women (still today) have not been given the due respect we deserve. Therefore, I have no contra for what I put onto paper way back when.....
Sometime in the 80’s
Island of Annihilation
Someone once said, “No man is an island”. I remember reading that somewhere. I guess women came into play sometime after that… Being an island gives you gratitude, but also has an overabundance of loneliness. The “island” is the one to solve problems, can run a corporation, make decisions, be a “friendly psychologist”, yet be the one most alone, most misunderstood, the one who needs nothing from anyone. Lucky her. Wrong! Who wrote that rule??
Which is it?
Water, completely encompassing land, constitutes and island. Yet, a body of land rising above a body of water, also constitutes an island. Which one can exist without the other? How can one be fed without feeding the other?
This all makes sense, yet has no answer. So how have we come to separate ourselves?
Why do we do what we do?
People alienate each other. Why? Who else do we have? Why were we created in the mode of harmony, only to evolve to repel each other? Is it because Eve bit the apple? Or because we’re not satisfied with simple happiness? Do we not know how to be happy? Is that why the divorce rate has risen, children are beaten and adultery is not only a word in the English language, but a way of life?
It seems the more our world advances technologically, the more we regress emotionally. After all, it’s only the intangible that lives on – so why are we destroying that?
We don’t need nuclear weapons or chemical warfare. Hell, we don’t even need war! We’re doing a pretty damned good job of manifesting conflict and ending humanity on our own!
Shauna L Bowling
Refining, Defining or Rhyming
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