ARTICULATING THE POPULAR RAGE
With regards to writing social commentary
– it is the plainest form of critique.
simply observe societal ineptitude
a pebble’s toss
from the inarticulate crawl of a snail.
The social writer then ridicules the obvious
made more so
by the end of his critique.
Half his readership
mind spoiled on rotten tripe
sound bytes without soliloquy
engage only the ‘pleasurable’ aspects.
Beyond this intellectually misshapen brood
exists the second half…
Yet only one third remaining
embrace his word
in its fullest understanding.
The first third
with all the lasting sensitivity,
compassion and depth
otherwise imbued on a ‘nice’ cream soda
or rum Collins.
The final third,
openly hostile to truths
contradictory to their own
judge grossly inferior
then easily discarded:
not, because the word is disheartening,
ineffectual or misguided,
but on its strengths
clarity, depth, confidence and detail
The exercise of social critique
is therefore most maddening for the writer
who gives both body and soul,
drained and perplexed,
by the incomprehensible -
matriarchy of societal inefficiency
in levels of odious sarcasm,
or profound convalescences
even oracular proficiencies…
What is paramount
is no joyous exaltation for the reader.
Profound cynicism –
the order of the day.
@Nick Zegarac 2006 (all rights reserved).