Phil Charters

Rookie (11/05/1958 / Australia)

Frayed Edges


frayed edges
tattered and torn
unmended, to ruin
the garment falls.

a child
without a childhood
sacrificed
born and quickly
given
an economic slave


and the youth of man
emerges
from beneath a mind
tormented
blazing fury
in the hall of learning
hells own corridor
guns of war

and smote
the youth of man.

let then fantasy
enhance the child
and reality
adults condemn

society
worn a garment
people secure
ensconced
tattered and torn
the future escapes
unheeded warnings
frayed edges

Submitted: Monday, January 19, 2009
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