A poem about families being at the core of society, based on a quote by Nelson Mandela
|Team Africa - Poetry Entry.
Entry for the December competition, “Project Write World”.
40 lines free form.
Based on the quote: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." Nelson Mandela
Society's Rotting Core
Society, the soul of a community
morphed into a living being of sorts
which functions, as if autonomously
within a realm, a city, or a culture,
sourced from people's collective intent.
A general way of life - it may seem.
A natural succession of cultural values
predominates society's core, families
Evil within families, abuse of all kinds
Prevail and dominate each little child
Parent's lifestyles set the norm
which is perpetuated ad infinitum.
In the inner city, cold concrete jungle,
a young girl's image is encapsulated
within the cold concrete walls of her life.
A boy huddles in the alleyway yonder,
as a drug dealer offers him a sniff or puff
Evidence of the rotting societal core.
Up the road, a teen girl flaunts her stuff
a pregnant schoolgirl bemoans her stat
alcohol and narcotics flow throughout,
partying as if this is all that there is
a mere illusion in reality exists,
unreal, surreal expectations of life
Many miles away in the wild,
An African tribe lives in harmony,
one with nature, a oneness of being,
cherishing their children and caring
for the children of others; a pure joy.
All raised in rich cultural values
Living free, healthy lives in the wild,
children laugh and sing, joy abounds,
living disciplined lives and taught
to take responsibility, to act honorably.
Safely in the strong love of their families.
The soul of society is set by its core,
the souls of its members - families.
When the core turns evil and rots,
society rots from its innards and will die.
Children ever perpetuate their core.