Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

Words

by James Wreglesworth

Words
Years of inequality, as generations pass,
Change does nothing to prevent, the feuds sent from the past.
A world in union torn apart, scarred by discrimination,
As difference proves once again to be, the downfall of all nations.
No words can sooth the ancient fury, nor muster reconciliation,
But words to apologize still are, the most powerful, yet mistaken.
 
Words so harsh and words so cold, re-awaken the conflict of the old,
Words of rath and words of hate, needless choices twisting fate,
Words echoing from the past to warn, Words that to this day still scorn,
Words that bring such needless strife, as sexism stops the choices in life.
 
Stereo Types and first impressions, leads to massive unemployment,
Job opportunities disappear, and with them go enjoyment.
Wealthy Jobs and Positions of power, thought of as a males,
Jobs with love and kindness, women must entail.
Criminals and hooligans, depicted as a he,
Yet lovable old pensioners, imagined female and happy.
 
Words so harsh and words so cold, re-awaken the conflict of the old,
Words of rath and words of hate, needless choices twisting fate,
Words echoing from the past to warn, Words that to this day still scorn,
Words that bring such needless strife, as sexism stops the choices in life.
 
Sports stars draped in glamour, male your conscience deduces.
Pop Stars are always female, dancing with the music she produces.
‘Mr’ a statement of strength, ‘Misses’ with a lesser demeanour,
‘Prince’ a statement of glory, ‘princess’ her presence seems mere.
We should be sorry for all the words we speak, that cause unforgivable plight,
And be thankful for the words we know, the words to put things right.
 
Words so harsh and words so cold, re-awaken the conflict of the old,
Words of rath and words of hate, needless choices twisting fate,
Words echoing from the past to warn, Words that to this day still scorn,
Words that bring such needless strife, as sexism stops the choices in life.
 
By James Wreglesworth

Added: 26.03.2011

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04.05.2011

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