Sunday, 28 September 2014

Easy Come, Easy Go OR Disaffected Youth: Wasted Lives



The majority of young people are decent, honest, and hardworking, but there is also high unemployment among young people and that leaves some disaffected with society so they join gangs or become targets for radicalization; violence becomes a way of life until something (or someone) happens that helps them back into mainstream life and a more positive, fulfilling sense of personal identity.

While there is no excuse for violence, it is high time politicians, religious and community leaders among others (parents, too) looked more closely at its roots and took responsibility where society is failing so many of its young people. Some do, but rhetoric is not enough; actions really do speak louder than words. 

This poem is a villanelle.

EASY COME, EASY GO or DISAFFECTED YOUTH: WASTED LIVES

Got my hands on a knife, a gun,
spread the word,
didn’t ask who’ll carry my coffin

Shouting at just about everyone,
no one heard;
got my hands on a knife, a gun

Needed to prove I was someone,
earn street cred;
didn’t ask who’ll carry my coffin

At first it gave me a buzz, was fun,
but all that disappeared;
got my hands on a knife, a gun

A gangster movie set let me down,
couldn’t show I was scared,
didn’t ask who’ll carry my coffin

Macho mates weep to see my crown
dripping blood;
got my hands on a knife, a gun,
didn’t ask who’ll carry my coffin


Copyright R. N. Taber 2010






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