Sunday Whirl – Wordleing – November 23, 2014


Photo Credits:  Ezra Millstein


in moments of solemn meditations
I reflect upon the forgotten children
resolute to right the miserable wrongs
of a cloudy weight that stains my soul

bright pirouettes of winsome dances
in a forgotten past that never was
a flutter inside my mind reminds me
of Oliver or Annie the orphaned ones

ink spills of another age, stains of our past –
I hardly remember our neglected children today,
they live in favelas work long in the sweat shops
they make our cheap sneakers and fancy clothes

no Dickens will write of these children today
though they work under masters just like in his day
the “miserable” are still part of our bright world
though Hugo’s not here to tell us the tale.

complacent and warm we flutter and storm
about a new fashion, our car or our team
it’s natural sure, they’re so far away …
we rarely see any of these people in our day.

(c) G.s.k. ’14

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37 thoughts on “Sunday Whirl – Wordleing – November 23, 2014

  1. Beautifully written — and so sadly appropriate to today. All the lost kids — working in the sweat shops, being smuggled from border to border and falling prey to cartels and unscrupulous “employers” —

    Well done Georgia.

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  2. A timely reminder – those words cried out for such a treatment, but I couldn’t bring myself to plunge into the horror that is so much part of the lives of today’s children in Africa and elsewhere.


    • Outside of the nobility Hank … we have outsourced our own economy causing our own industries to close their doors .. after years of getting decent conditions for workers we’ve allowed practices that would not be tolerated in our own countries to be tolerated … and profited from it until all of a sudden we discovery that we have a service economy – and a lot of unemployment or under-employment in our own countries … I wonder if it’s really worth it.


  3. Absolutely stunning piece – you’ve given voice, and are bearing witness to the continuing misery of children … spotlighting with beautiful writing the plight of far too many – please find a wider audience for this wonderful poem – it should be published !


  4. One of the humane goals of industry is to keep your workers reasonably happy. This will achieve better production. The reverse clearly will end in tears or revolution.


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