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HOW SELFISH

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HOW SELFISH

HOW SELFISH

Only a select few 
Can spellbound the masses
And become kings and queens
With illegitimate claims to fame 

We lift them up high
On a plinth made out of our backbones
We the new third estate
Glorify them as demigods
They conquered us all
With just a little bit of gloss
 
They walk not 
But trample all underfoot 
We are their slaves 
Enthralled to them 
We give them all
 
Unholy wolves 
Swaddled in wool are they
Devouring all with their avaricious mindset
And caring not 
For we all pay them tithe
Which they feel is their due
 
An inbred top heavy hierarchy
Colludes to maximize exposure
With minimum opportunity 
For those of the wrong 
Caste 
Colour or 
Creed

Politics
Economics
The arts 
A few control the building blocks of society
Exerting undue pressure downwards  
Maiming those they lord over 
Stymieing their advancement
Pulling strings to advance their own cause
 
The myopic view of the elite 
Is no way to run a democracy 
A limited gene pool of ideas and talent 
Hinders the legacy 
That today passes to the future 
A sure way for eventual extinction
A very sad prophecy

Selfishness and graft
Those boils that erode decency in a society 
Harass the pillars of unity 
Implosion being the only likely outcome 
A rebellion will one day surely come

An impermeable ceiling of granite 
Keeps those deemed not worthy in their place 
Resentment festers
Rioting being the only billboard 
That the oppressed then know 

Those in the middle
Those supposed champions of the new economy 
Are full of hyperbole 
Their spiel of being undervalued 
Naught but insouciant drivel
They seemingly forget
The power they wield 
And the economic gains they do so 
Hard to conceal;


Blatant opacity in the distribution of wealth
Mangles the cohesiveness that the some- for- all mantra 
Could achieve 
There is no tricking downward to irrigate 
Those of the underclass 

An unjust society we may live in
But we all contribute to the way 
We live 

Give 
Take 
But also let another man partake 

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