The Greatest Minds I’ve Ever Known: A Poetic Frustration

I’ve seen some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known

Settle for peasantry in exchange for moderate monetary affluence

And watched as their minds went from questioning the world around them

To measuring themselves by the figure they carry in their back pocket

I’ve seen some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known

Deteriorate through their nose and again through their mouth

Where once civil conversations have violently turned into

Nights of boasting and screaming and violent confrontation

I wonder if we can really call it progress

When everyone involved suddenly regresses

I wonder if the per-litre figure posted on the brightly lit idol

Is the only daily loss we suffer in spite of our profit margin?

I’ve seen some of the greatest mind I’ve ever known

Become frustrated and disenfranchised and jaded

Towards finding something, just something, just anything

To help them make it to the next step

Because I’ve seen some of the greatest mind I’ve ever known

Completely waste all the potential they could offer the world

I remain bitter towards a region with nothing to offer

And guidance that lead to absolutely nowhere

Watching the greatest minds I’ve ever known

Thrown to the side like a barrier from something better

Every day when I walk through my city

And I realize that I am a minority

Because all of these greatest minds I have ever known

Have had nowhere to look up to

No example that there’s something better

No hope that they could actually mean something

All of the greatest minds I’ve ever known

Have all gone north to the snow and the sands and the snow

Where it only ever snows and the wind is always cold

And the camps are like prisons, isolated and alone

And I wonder what I’m missing

Staying back, every day high above the city

Looking down and wondering if I missed something

This many people couldn’t possibly be lead astray

We know how to spot the tyrants, right?

We’ve learned from the history that’s come before, right?

We know better than to let ourselves be exploited, right?

After all, these are the greatest minds I’ve ever known.

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