Photo © Rachel Hoyt 2011
While many in my country are bickering about
who's to blame for all the things that they must live without,
poisoning the earth's aura with anger and rage
instead of working to find ways to get on the same page,
I see that the whole world is really not all that different.
Many feel their life's lacking. All are seeking merriment.
The recession is everywhere. Commercial vacancies abound.
In the world's largest mall, very few stores can be found.
The fact we're in these hard times makes it more interesting
to see the new spending opportunities the economy brings.
A new company in Norway is renting mini-submarines out.
I certainly can't afford it, but I'm not going to pout.
I also can't afford less wrinkles or a more perfect smile,
but I hear being perfectly imperfect has been popular a while.
I sometimes enjoy a nice, trendy theme restaurant,
but the Cultural Revolution brought memories that haunt.
I always thought I was a gal who enjoyed the extremes,
yet these days I feel it's not as much fun as it seems.
Sure, the perfect middle ground may not actually exist,
but is the only alternative to spend our whole lives pissed?
Our picket lines and spending opportunities are getting bolder,
but our sympathy towards others is quick growing colder.
While I still admire those who can stand up and fight,
finding middle ground now seems the more important plight.
© Rachel Hoyt 2011. All rights reserved.
This poem is being shared at D'Verse Poets Pub's Open Link Night.
I suggest you head there to read more poetry tonight!