Ode to Modern Life

Ode to Modern Life

A Poem by Zoe Jay


Everyone sees a different colour
A million minds diverging

Twisted point of view

Might prevail

The revolutionaries are no more

Nobody is fighting the tide

Riots in small villages

World has died

Tax the rich and feed the poor

The concrete cube people

So let them eat cake

Money funnel

Try to live well with this filth

Scrub all the stains away

Close your minds

Head held high

 

Society is sick

Humanity sold out

End of the road

Nothing but pain

Our fate caught us

We love the lucre

Now we will pay

Worship false gods

And nuke the dirt

 

Hell is bliss and study is wasted

Learning won’t end this war

Shoot the educators

Burn the books

So we whored out our future

Now pregnant with sin

Burn the temples

Kill the seed

Advertise God on the gate of hell

Sell the key to good faith

Make some dollars

Forget the cents

Hunt the witch and heal the wound

Clean out your guilty soul

Judge and you are free

Fear rules now

 

Retarded evolution

So proud of ourselves

Bacteria on the rock

Breeding out love

Not noticing the rust

Outrun the plague

Sell some more s**t

And buy another tart

Gild your little nest

 

Monsters who live down your street

Little girls wearing lycra skirts

Politics will save us all

Legislate for death

Car crashes that spill out your guts

Metal towers poison your head

Nicotine in your lungs

Titanium dreams

Children nourished on chemicals

People drown in indolent fat

Babies dying in corridors

War in the desert

Throw away your magical beans

Watch your life hit the street

Running into the cracks

Dying alone

 

Heritage is lost

Respect is dead

Anarchy rules

Law of the jungle

Fight the threat

Forget our demons

Lose the way

Repair the roads

Drive faster or die

 

Vote the right way and it’ll go away

While the honest fear the law

The devil rules the street

Handgun escape

Visit the cemetery to see your son

Go uptown and see your dealer

Your mum at the asylum

Seek forgiveness

Ask favours from a God you don’t fear

Violence in the name of peace

Stab the beautiful b***h

Run away to hide

Achieve true justice through revenge

Treat those symptoms hard

Hide away the cause

Inside your soul


© 2013 Zoe Jay



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Such a bleak picture of the world you've painted here. Is there no hope? It's bleak, but it is accurate and honest and very well said. As I read it, I felt myself dressed in the rags of the homeless, shuffling slowly down the street and observing it all first-hand on all sides of me. That's how vivid your visuals were for me. It actually made me feel quite hopeless. Terrific poem.

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sad but true, this is how most of sociaty has become, a bunch of hypocrits that pretend their are no probs, greatyl put into words.

Posted 7 Years Ago


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We always aim to treat the disease, so to speak, but does society ever treat the symptom? Hmm.....maybe not! There is so much within this, life and society have lost the pinnacle of resoning....nothing is accepted with questioning anymore, everything is accepted with false understanding........oh, they said do this.....so we have to! Who will stand and unite and treat humanity as they should be treated!?

Great poem love! xx

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Such a bleak picture of the world you've painted here. Is there no hope? It's bleak, but it is accurate and honest and very well said. As I read it, I felt myself dressed in the rags of the homeless, shuffling slowly down the street and observing it all first-hand on all sides of me. That's how vivid your visuals were for me. It actually made me feel quite hopeless. Terrific poem.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Too many deaf ears and blind eyes. Sometimes the truth is sad, but it remains the truth. thank you for facing it for us, and eloquently telling us how it is. Please send a copy of this to members of the US House of Representatives.

Posted 7 Years Ago


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If we watch the new. All we get is pain and suffering. I stay away from the C.N.N because it only advertises the bad things and pro-government. A lot of good people are left. God had left us alone. I believe man must find his way. Will take a lot of pissed off people to change the direction of this world. Here in the USA is the same in Europe and Asia. Few countries doing well. Time for the world to readjust and figure what we can do to stop pollution and slow down the population. A powerful poem. You brought forward many good question. A excellent poem. You made me think today.
Coyote

Posted 7 Years Ago


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Beautiful spirit!!
I could really connect here :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


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I think you covered it all, all of the problems we face.
The young people of today were raised by we who raised their parents, we who matured in the sixties.
The problem is, is that my generation gave in, in to just what you have said.That is a pretty general statement, but for the most part, true.
I watched as most of my peers, my revolutionary friends, submitted to the causes of all the evils you expose in this poem, Shrugging their shoulders, and making that God aweful statement..."whada ya gonna do?"

There are some lines here that made me pause as I read..
"The revolutionaries are no more
Close your minds
Try to live well with this filth
Advertise God on the gate of hell
Hunt the witch and heal the wound
Sell some more s**t
Throw away your magical beans
Vote the right way and it’ll go away"

And the best, at the end
"Hide away the cause
Inside your soul"


There are many very revealing statements in this poem...only a few will read them, but they must be written ...maybe just one young person will read it, and you will change their life by awareness...I hope so.

Now where did I put my copy of the anarchist cookbook?
Only kidding, loved the poem.



Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Good shot..deeply planned and perfect angle..!!!

Great work..!!

Posted 7 Years Ago


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"So we whored out our future
Now pregnant with sin"
that's such a strong expression! heavy in meanings...
and we do indeed live in the age of speed - "drive faster or die"...everything is being reduced to speed - the rest doesn't matter anymore. more and faster and sooner and so on...these are the words characterizing our own desires...

Posted 7 Years Ago


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I am always pleased to see a voice raised to what we all see and chose to deny each and every day. Until recently I thought we all lost all passions to live life, to stand our ground, to speak out and act when necessary to make change for the better. I am happy to see people are once again standing and drawing that line while saying enough even if most of it is over seas.

Maybe if enough of us speak up that long lost spark that was once America will wake up and we too will begin to take back our rights that have been stripped from us based on lies, lies, lies and more lies. Or are we still to proud to see the truth, speak the truth and feel the truth? Being politically correct has made us fearful of speaking our minds.

Suffice to say I loved your poem and your pen that bleeds truth that we chose to still ignore.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Zoe Jay
Zoe Jay

Los Angeles, CA



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I come from Fife, in Scotland, and I now live in Los Angeles and run a business in the music industry. I've been writing poetry for about as long as I could write! I had a poetry collection published .. more..

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