Don’t Tell Me We’re free

Don’t Tell Me We’re free

Don’t judge us by our smiling faces
And conclude we are happy.
Don’t use as examples just a few cases
And say it’s reality.
For Smiling faces do not mean the same as happy people,
Neither does smooth talk translate to goodwill.

Don’t see the big cars we drive
And conclude we are rich.
Don’t look at the clothes we have
And call us the real deal.
For big cars do not mean the same as rich men,
Neither do big clothes translate to big men.

Don’t look at us ‘going places’
And conclude we can soar.
Don’t look at us like cheetahs running in races
And expect us to roar.
For ‘going places’ does not always mean it’s in the right direction,
Neither does aimless running translate to eventual elevation.

Don’t look at our feet without shackles
And conclude we are free.
Don’t look at our faces without wrinkles
And say it’s the good life we live.
For the invisibility of chains is no proof of its absence,
Neither does a smooth face translate to a life of rest.

James Ogunjimi

4 thoughts on “Don’t Tell Me We’re free” by James Ogunjimi (@Hullerj)

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    innoalifa (@innoalifa): Head Wordsmith - 131257 pts

    Realistically revealing and poetically excellent… keep on!

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    six (@six): Scribe - 12442 pts

    I duff my hat bruv.

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    Nur'ayn (new reign) (@newreign): Junior Writer - 4372 pts

    You just stripped off the coat concealing the nakedness of reality we often fail to perceive in things we see. Well done sir.

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    James Ogunjimi (@Hullerj): Junior Writer - 3166 pts

    @all Thanks

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