Social heirarchy


Have you ever noticed 
Happy lives happen by lamplight
Rosy moments bathed in a warm glow
Golden abundance spilling into the darkest corners of the room
Feathering effortlessly up into the high, high ceilings 
Where occupants stretch tall, backs straight, chins aloft
Ever reaching
Ambience caressing occupants' faces
With their
Smooth, plump skin
And bell like voices that sound
plosive, plumby, throaty
Their lives are
Buffered and safe 
high risk moments 
Mitigated by plush cushions and knitted throws.

Desperate lives are harshly lit
Eaked existences bathed in flouro light
That asserts itself roughly into the darkest corners of the room
Low hung ceilings forcing stooped backs and battered chins toward the floor
Eyes ever downcast
unrelenting tension assaulting occupants' faces
With their
Sallow, grey skin
And voices that sound
Sharp, brittle, anxious
Their lives are
Exposed and vulnerable
Plastic chairs and cracked laminate a hard place to fall

Spare me the heirarchy Maslow
I'll take a globe, not a pyramid
It's a much better shape for us to all stand tall
I've got excess lamps and cushions to share
To extend comfort to those who might lift their eyes if the ceiling weren't so low, or those who might climb higher if they had a soft place to fall
And I won't miss a few cushions,
I don't care if I don't get to buy another lamp
My world will be decorated instead
With the colour and light of shared experiences
That will spark music and poems and ideas such as the world has never seen before
Let's deconstruct this pyramid and build 
A brave new future
With a welcome mat that says
Leave your Maslow at the door.

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Comments

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Kate G

Sat 4th Jul 2020 22:59

Thank you, Kevin and Jennifer, for your feedback.

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jennifer Malden

Sat 4th Jul 2020 14:29

So well put Kate!

Jennifer

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Paul Sayer

Sat 4th Jul 2020 12:29

Kate this is honestly music to my ears.

I gave up my job at the start of this year to do exactly that.

Look at Kevin's reply below Kate.

What more incentive could a poet need.

Great to have you back in the fold.

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Kevin T.S. Tan

Sat 4th Jul 2020 11:11

thank you, Kate. This shared experience makes my world a little bit better

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Kate G

Sat 4th Jul 2020 10:52

Thanks Po, I've quit my job so I actually have the ability to contribute more and to be part of the community again. How I've missed you.

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Paul Sayer

Sat 4th Jul 2020 10:35

Knock knock...

Hello, it's me!

What an illuminating piece of poetry.

Thank you, Kate
Po

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