Water and Poison

We have too many distractions in our lives – but that is a discussion I’ll save for another day.

Go on now rats: go run in your hamster wheel and scrape together that sweet nectar that is fame, success and money.

Poisonous Nectar of Life

As water is to all living things

   So is money, success, fame to man

It brings cohesion of its god’s beings

   The sound of coin formulates dark plans:

Soul’s – loneliness, inertia, ultimate death

   Our bones rot to the core, absolute abandon

We dig unfathomable trenches

   As we search for our water

We ignore the jaw that clenches

   Begging us to lay down the mortar

Turn back to your family fool

   What about sons, daughters?

Will you too, throw them to wolves?

   To be ripped by avarice’s magnetism

By this sick fascination with ladders

   Run by wealth’s different schisms

We sate our hunger with poison

   We justify the rat race, deflect criticism

We fuel the capitalistic flame

   With our time, our effort, our kin

Seeking out kings and queens to blame:

   To justify our candy-coated sin

We keep on playing this futile game

   We drown in our hamster wheel’s din

September 2011 – Francois Hermanus Steyn

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