Vanishing enlightenment, when skin is traded
for immediacy of Instagram appreciation, as
teens collect emoticons, enslave themselves,
exchanged in viral chains, and for another
hundred likes they sell their seventh veil, thus
bared they understand too late that fame is
bright, a flame for sure, but afterwards is ash.
Vanishing enlightenment, when human worth
is a commodity and nature’s beauty seen as cash.
When scriptures read as law, and consciousness
becomes distractions, when a statement is
a toddler crushed under a rushing truck. When
draconian measures are considered as a proper
tool to teach enlightenment. When messengers
are killed or jailed, and poets are imprisoned.
Vanishing enlightenment, when walls replace
the borders, when guns and razor wires’ used
instead of reason, when trying hard to comprehend
your neighbor’s view is seen as treason, when
elections is a choice of lesser in the worst
when views are traded for percentage in the polls,
and facts are sold as part of the commercials.
That’s when we need renewal of enlightenment.
To find inspiration for Karin’s prompt on market at toads, I went wikiarting and found this image of Dali. The vanishing Voltaire I converted to vanishing enlightenment, and then this poem wrote itself. I will also link up to Poetry Pantry tomorrow.