Anguished Faces

March 22, 2010
By andreinchina BRONZE, Laguna Niguel, California
andreinchina BRONZE, Laguna Niguel, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on you"


Look at the rows of anguished faces, perfected in years of practice,
How I Pity those who shed a tear, for the things others lost.

It seems the World does not flame with a seething luster,
nor does it shiver in the bite of icy winds,
How we must be cruel or illusioned in its terrifying neutrality

Quickly, these skilled entertainers slip into a stranger’s skin
They conjure a dramatic performance to fool the Fools, to fool themselves.

Oh How those faces mock me! Once Strong, the Feathers of Maat lie jagged and broken,
And apathetic Heracles looks upon unlucky Atlas with a callous.
Meanwhile, each wretched tear and troubled look laughs quietly to itself.

Why concern yourself with one of the masses?
Let him cry out to the deaf crowd, let him yearn to catch their avoiding gaze
Only to be received by a handful of distressed looks.

But when the dark tides close in on You,
lapping hungrily at your feet,
You too will see the anguished faces,
Shaking their distracted heads as you drown.

The author's comments:
I was inspired to write this through this new higly competitive air I find in high school. Everywhere I look, students are silently competing against each other for the best grades and marks, and it made me almost laugh to realize that in reality, nobody really cares about anyone else unless it benefits themselves in some way. This feeling was then reinforced by some studying of reciprocity in nature. I use the idea of anguished faces, pretending to be worried for others, but in truth, they are but performers pretending to be distressed. However, when they themselves are going through hard times, they are for some reason surprised that they are treated by others with the same uncaring. Delightful stuff.

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