So, I’m kind of obsessed with dystopian novels. I think they’re just about the coolest concept ever, and super fun to read. Also, I just learned that the film Ready Player One is coming out, and I thought this would be an appropriate time to share this poem (although I haven’t read much of Ready Player One, and I didn’t much care for what I read, to be honest).
Anyway, this poem was inspired by a few of the dystopian novels I’ve read, including (but not limited to) The Other Side of the Island (Allegra Goodman), The Giver (Lois Lowry), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), and The City of Ember (Jeanne DuPrau). I’ve read others, but these were the most influential in this poem. Enjoy!
What colour is the sky?
Remember days of old
When grandma ate a peach
That no one saw grown.
What is this rain you speak of?
The cities at a distance,
And my dreams are never realised,
Just struggling for existence.
A sense of great adventure
And humanity inborn,
Curious and rebellious we
Question, then support.
Natural instinct dying,
So civilized and clean.
What is this thing called Human,
And who destroys his being?
Efforts to evolve us:
In our search for something better
We forgot our former cause.
Man’s a step away from monster
With controls and fears and seals.
Protection is a hazard,
And so is what we feel.
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Original poem by Kimba. Copyright 2017.