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Empire Of Grotesque

A Villanelle On The State Of Things

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read

For many people, the world is a terrible place. Too many people expect somebody else to sort it out, but we all have to pull together or we will wake up one day and there will be nothing left that is good.

This is a villanelle to emphasise where we are

I’ve included Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and Nick Hanauer’s “Pitchforks” speech to give you a little more food for thought.

"You don't know what you've got til it's gone"


We Live In An Empire Of Grotesque

Racism Is Fine, Mass Shootings Are Fine

Money Is The Fuel Behind This Mess


Cash And Killing IS Seen As Success

Billionaires Don’t Earn, They’re Malign

We Live In An Empire Of Grotesque


War Stock Is Where These Villains Invest

They Start Wars, Take Money,Victims Die

Money Is The Fuel Behind This Mess


Asylum Seekers, All In Distress

Refugees From The Bombs And Landmines

We Live In An Empire Of Grotesque


Governments Are In Money’s Pockets

People Can Die If It Makes Them Coin

Money Is The Fuel Behind This Mess


We Must Tear Down This Unjust Train Wreck

We Need To Care More, A New Design

We Live In An Empire Of Grotesque

Money Is The Fuel Behind This Mess


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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran4 months ago

    Money is definitely the fuel behind all this mess. Your villanelle was so well executed!

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Not everyone can pull off a successful villanelle. I believe you nailed it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Gina C.4 months ago

    Very good job putting the madness of the world into words; the world is a very frightening place right now 😔

  • So true. But it will be so very hard to tear this down and restructure everything. Mainly because those with money run ads non-stop everywhere. They hire people to create memes and they put them everywhere on the internet and make them go viral. The wealthy are using all their resources to brainwash as many people they can possibly brainwash. Guess what it is working the billionaire class is winning. They are making us believe that we must protect people that gun down unarmed people under the guise of the right to bear arms. But an actuality the real reason is because there is dark money in the NRA. They make us believe that coal and oil is our future because they are so deeply invested.

  • Wonderfully written.

  • KJ Aartila4 months ago

    Very true, and well done! :)

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