Savage Children

My offspring are cruel.
No, not the ones drawing blood to eat.
They only do as they must;
no different from the ones
eating plants, sunshine or the already dead.

Addiction is monstrous to see in ones you love.
Addiction causes them to forget and abuse family.
To power, to gold, to oil,
to dollars, to euros, to yuans –
it doesn’t matter what the addiction is.
They don’t need it, but they crave it,
willing to kill or let others die 
for just another injection.

I have done what I could,
sent reminders of what is at stake
should they continue on like this.
I fear I shall bury them all, and soon,
with my tears all used up
for the ones they took with them,
leaving me only with rage. 
At least my children who feed on death
will have full bellies then.

Song Choice: Sober by Pink

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34 comments:

  1. Naming addiction was a brilliant move, for what else can it be when we know better but cannot do better? Superb writing, Rommy, superb!

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    1. Addiction destroys so many lives, it felt like an apt metaphor to use.

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  2. This Mother shares her sadness, wonderfully written XXX

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  3. To power, to gold, to oil,
    to dollars, to euros, to yuans –
    it doesn’t matter what the addiction is.

    Indeed, addiction no matter what its form proves to be monstrous. Such a powerful write..! Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. It was the best metaphor I could come up with to get across what I wanted.

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  4. It's sad, isn't it? One world isn't enough for all our differences and one Earth isn't enough for our greed! :(
    Such a lovely piece, though...

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad it expressed what I wanted it to, but it was very sad to write.

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  5. I can taste her tears through her words, her sense of loss, her disappointment at the knowledge that there is nothing more she can really do for them.

    The first line and the last two are just incredible.

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    1. Thanks, this one was not the easiest thing to write, all joking about prompts involving writing aside.

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  6. Addiction is monstrous, indeed. There's no satisfying the compulsion and intolerable abuse. A moving piece, Rommy!

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    1. Thank you. I felt the metaphor worked well.

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  7. Indeed all these addictions are making her sad. A timely reflection
    Much love...

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  8. How beautifully you have written this Rommy. How on earth do those that are addicted to profit from destruction expect their children to survive when their bank balance means nothing.

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    1. I don't know, and can only shake my head at their lack of foresight.

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  9. Wham with the insight Rommy, yes addiction at it's selfish neediest without a care of consequence or future ramifications of not only the addict but for all. Really love this powerful twist with the prompt!

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    1. Thank you, this was hard to write but I'm glad it packed a punch.

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  10. Oh and magiclovecrow's art the perfect companion :)

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    1. It is, isn't it - especially with those last couple of lines.

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  11. Whew. Your ending is chilling. Right to the gut. So well done.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad it turned out to be a strong piece.

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  12. Addiction is a savage beast..it has no mercy..in whatever form it chooses..powerfully written a message that spreads across many a path

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    1. So many families are torn apart by it.

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  13. hello rommy aprecciate much your poems. kisses andy

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  14. Powerful!! So sad and so true!! Very, very powerful!! I am honoured once again, for you to use my art! Hugs!

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    1. Her sadness, and the crow coming up to comfort her just spoke so powerfully to me.

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