What Lies Beneath

EER_1049 (3)

Invisible lines
Demarcations of the heart
Oblivious to some
Rigidly held by others
Impositions for many
Deadly for others
Marked // labeled // branded for life
Cast systems remain
Rivers of entitlement
Flow just beneath the surface
Paradigm shift starts
Parana of injustice
Caught from time to time

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

I used a repeated Tanka format for this poem.

29 thoughts on “What Lies Beneath

  1. Dwight, this was a very interesting poem. I think these hidden rivers run very deep. Intellectually, the person may believe in equality and justice, but the emotional undecurrent is hard to escape.

    I looked up Tanka poem. I wasn’t too sure exactly what it was. Thank you for broadening my horizons.

    Hope all is well with you.


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    • We are doing well! I believe there are a lot of undercurrents that run deep but not always expressed for fear of reaction and attack. Legislation can change laws but only God can change peoples hearts!
      The Tanka format is basically a 57577 syllabification. It is like a haiku with two extra lines of seven syllables each. They originally were written as love poems in the Japanese format. Thank you!


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