Sunday, November 04, 2018

do i really care

Apathy. Maybe that was the plan.



photo by dsnake1



do i really care


do i really care
today
as i pack a lunch
from the coffee shop
in a styrofoam box some rice
and meat dripping with grease,
the stall helper bored,
working 12 hour shifts.
maybe i will watch the parade
on tv later
raise a can of beer
to the guys standing in the sun
anyway it's all the same these years,
some songs
politicians waving
smiling
a show
of military strength
but there's an ache in the chest
that i cannot put a pulse to

because

you go out in the streets
in the sun and rain you see
the elderly collect used cardboard
& empty cans for a meal.

would they care for the flypast, the fighter jets?
the choppers, the tanks, the feu de joie?
they laugh and curse and wait for another day

and only when the national anthem comes up
do i try to hold back the tears.



written 09/08/2016
revised 06/10/2018
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Julia Westlin - The Sound of Silence (acapella) [ original song by Simon & Garfunkel ]





© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2018

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10 Comments:

Blogger brudberg said...

I wonder if we can bear to care really.... it's so overwhelming in the end.

05 November, 2018 00:03  
Blogger Sherry Marr said...

I know this feeling, Lee San........what's right and wrong no longer seems to apply, the poor get more desperate, the rich grin their crocodile grins all the way to the bank, and ignore that the planet is falling apart.And then the tears at the national anthem. Because we know our countries should be so much better than they are.You have put this into words so well.

05 November, 2018 00:07  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

Bjorn,

i wrote this a couple of years back, and have been debating to post it or not. :)


Sherry,

i think there will always be a divide, just how wide the gap is is the thing that matters.
thank you for your comment. :)

05 November, 2018 08:20  
Blogger Mary said...

Ah, sometimes it seems so hard to care. There are so many things to take in that sometimes it all seems overwhelming. Right now, as far as the national anthem goes, I try to avoid irt.

05 November, 2018 10:45  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Alas, it must be the same all over the world. How did we come to this pass?

05 November, 2018 11:37  
Blogger KB said...

Heartbreaking

05 November, 2018 13:22  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

Mary,

'overwhelming' is the word. :)


Rosemary,

power, i guess. and control...


KB,

yes, it can be.
thanks for the visit to my blog. :)

05 November, 2018 20:45  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

I guess we can't help ourselves but care .. even if it's overwhelming in the end..

05 November, 2018 21:51  
Blogger Truedessa said...

Your words speak of the times we live in, there is deep sadness. The world seems to be spinning out of control.

I find it interesting when something is written somewhere in the past, yet it is relevant in the now.

06 November, 2018 02:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Sanaa,

you're absolutely right on that.


Truedessa,

this, and the events about it, were written about two years back, but i guess still very relevant now.

06 November, 2018 09:55  

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