Don't Ask Why

Don't Ask Why

A Poem by Crozby

Curiosity killed the cat. We're the cat.



By one-

Follow the leader.

Do not dare question.

Do not dare disobey.

Do as you’re told,

And fall into place.

Spin your cog,

And don’t ask why.


By one-

Look at the ground,

And not at the sky.

Listen to your leader,

ignore your judgement.

Do your job,

Be grateful for it.

And don’t ask why.


By one-

Step out of line.

Dare to question,

Dare to disobey.

Challenge authority,

Embrace your judgement.

Start to push back,

Start asking why.


By one-

You’re slaughtered in the mill.

Hung from the trees,

Or thrown from the hill.

You’re being hunted,

Scared for your life.

And you know why.


By one-

Take your eyes off the sky,

Fall back into line.

Never again question,

Never again disobey.

Get back to your cog,

Look back at the ground,

And never again ask why.

© 2017 Crozby

Author's Note

Thoughts? Thanks for the read.

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I love the strength and authority this poem conveys. It reminds me of the society in Ayn Rand's Anthem (italicized). Great work!

Posted 8 Months Ago

I am quite stunned to see such a powerful message from someone your age! (Sorry if I'm discriminating against the young, but it took me many more years to understand stuff like this about life). I find myself thinking about the recent flap over whether we are allowed to stand or kneel during the anthem & I'm extremely concerned over the way our basic human rights are being trampled in so many ways these days. Even tho your poem is a little bit circular & repetitive, I understand this is done to show how the wheel just goes around & around, eating us alive & spitting us out. Very thought-provoking! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago

One by one... Your excellently articulated and rhymed ideas settled in like grinding cogs spinning jaws... I asked questions, and kept my eyes on the sky... Very well penned...

Posted 9 Months Ago

I really like this, it expresses a big part of society really well, and how a lot of people are oblivious to it. Good job!

Posted 9 Months Ago

Is this one about school?

No, but really, this is a beautiful poem. It describes that part of our society that most people are inclined to shut their eyes to.

I really think it's it's a great piece because just a few days ago, a kid asked a teacher a question, and received the reply, "How dare you ask a teacher, 'Why?' "

You've got a great poem here. Not one of your bests, no, but certainly a great piece.


Posted 9 Months Ago

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