We are living in a land of broken dreams and promises,
Those with means, rush to deny what should be obvious to the rest,
Ha! It’s the Land of Opportunity, for whom I ask?
Common is it for the common man to grow then stagnate,
Trapped in the tracks of his caste.
Not for lack of desire, but of meaningful opportunity.
Crawling up and up only to find the steps paved in jagged glass,
Barefooted from birth we are cut and scarred with each step,
No red carpet nor ivory towers lay in wait.
Instead pittances to pacify the masses are offered to give hope,
Promises that they too are worthy of abundance,
These promises ring hollow…leaving us with the taste of sand,
While the oligarchy scoffs from their luxurious boardrooms.
Cries to the state offer little relief,
As they themselves are counted amongst the elite,
Leaving the rest to scrounge for scraps in their rubbish heaps.
This was not the promise of this once great nation,
Old money, family money, dynasties, unfettered corporatism…greed!
Safeguards dreamt by the founders have been tilled and buried,
Bastardized by modern men with corrupt ideals.
Shall we once again embrace…
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~
powerful! It is a stretch sometimes for me to read your poetry, mostly because I do not seem to have a similar passion for the things you so obviously feel strongly about. Your words force me to see differently, to think outside of my own little box, offering both information and challenge! Great job Dominic!
I just appreciate the fact that you take the time to read a least some of my work. I know that not every one has either the interest in topics or the same views that I have (that is what makes this such a great world), but none-the-less I am glad that you got a little something out of it. Thanks again.
Totally unconnected to this post … sorry … but did you see this page? Some of the weekly projects include photography and writing projects. Made me think of some of my blogger friends. I am doing the memoir project … should be fun.
First, no need to be sorry, not every topic (I write a lot of socially related poetry as you know) is going to be of interest to everyone, especially to those people that live outside the U.S. (I don’t know of course if that include you or not), but in any case , it doesn’t matter. One can’t hit a “home run” with everyone every time. I will take a look at the sketchbookproject to see what it is all about, thank you for sharing it with me. Have a great day and be well. 🙂
No, you can’t hit a home run with everyone all the time … but neither should you try to do so! 🙂
Yes, I’m in the States so I totally understand the social topics. But since my comments weren’t really related to any of your posts I sort of picked this one and hoped for the best.
U.S. is supposed to be the land of opportunity, but sometimes, when you look at the news, it just doesn’t look like it, does it? Yeesh.
Take care —
I agree. I really do try to only write what I like which really is what is important. Of course it is nice when others like it as well, but it shouldn’t be the driving factor. 🙂 Sorry if I misunderstood the comment.
No, no, it’s okay! 🙂
Very well written, well said and a great use of language.
Thank you very much.