Our Castles of Sand

Hands determinedly digging
through sand, rocks and shells
pounding, pumping and preparing
magnificent mounds of living structure.

Like castles of sand
on a burning beach,
our cities emerge
from lifeless barren soil.
A network of confusion
erupting into violence and hate.

Only the rich can have
the upper windows
that look out and on, away
from the mess their hands
have formed.

The others, stifled
sitting in houses
awaiting death.
Seizing, grasping any kind of joy
that comes their way,
even if their joy claims
that of others.
Stagnated youth, lying helpless at the end of a needle
Stolen innocence of childhood appeasing the lusts of men
Tyrannical credit cards
seizing wealth that does not exist,
pulling people into poverty
in the name of freedom.

Beware! the tide always comes
what we think is permanent, stable and prolonged
disappears in an instant.
Our castles of sand
that cost so much of life and beauty to build,
will one day,
all be washed away.

8 thoughts on “Our Castles of Sand

  1. Just like this world nothing lasts forever. The sentence about the rich people in their big houses, looking down at the rest of the people in chaos that they created is very powerful!

  2. Seizing, grasping any kind of joy
    that comes their way,
    even if their joy claims
    that of others.

    THIS is so true in todays day in age! There can be so many meanings that can come from it but these days everyone wants to grab the good that comes towards them and they’d not care what they cost others.

  3. Interesting. This is one the best poems i have read by you so far.
    And i can relate to the feelings a little because I feel the same way when I make sand castles and my kids love to smash them away! It makes me wonder how much effort we put in our lifes and things which will be ‘flushed away’ as u said.

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