I’ve seen the elite,
A cartel of tuxedo players,
Vultures around a board held aloft by we the people,
They play monopoly above us,
Playing for borders and lives,
Among red buttons and whiskey,

An oligarchy of a smoking room,
Perfume of toxic fumes,
Product of industry,
A effluvium of poor mens moans,
Sounds of pickaxes and canaries,
Walls of blood diamonds,

The pieces are made of flesh,
Shaped like batons and warmachines,
And cry for help as they shift,
Beholden to old men,
Liars in chief,
Tycoons of trepidation,

They have played this boardgame for centuries,
From pyramids to railways,
From aeroplanes to the moon,
We have been pawns for too long,
What happens if we all stand up?
And knock their game over.

  1. Oh fantastic comment on the times crafted with the poised penned of brilliant metaphors. Great share.😊

  2. Ingrid says:

    Great poem, powerful message!

  3. earthtohp says:

    I have always wanted to write about how life is played as a game by people who have the power. And I’m glad you wrote about this.
    You nailed it. The realism of it hit hard.
    I wish it was easy though, the ending, (knocking their game over).
    Anyway, thank you for sharing.

    • Osharlequin says:

      There is nothing stopping you my friend. Regrettably, there is no end of inspiration for such writing these days.
      Thank you so much for your comment. It means a lot. ☺️

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • earthtohp says:

        Yes, sadly inspiration for such matters never runs dry. I am not good though at writing, so find it a pleasure when the words I couldnt pen are expressed fantastically in poems such as yours. 😊✨👏

      • Osharlequin says:

        I disagree I’m afraid my friend. I think you are more capable than you think. I do invite you to try, I think you’d surprise yourself. ☺️

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • earthtohp says:

        Hey ! Thanks for being so kind.
        Umm…Maybe I’ll give it a try.😌✨
        Thank you.😊

      • Osharlequin says:

        I truly think you should. My opinion is the more people the better. ☺️

        The Oldschool Harlequin

  4. penmatrix says:

    Daring. And yes, much will change “if we stand up// And knock their game over”.

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