avi sato . be thought . live dreams

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Todays

Todays

Lyric self-image stands in critical opposition
To realities’ reflected perceptions
Themselves unknowingly glassy-eyed
High on historical narratives
Of people of similar hue
Living in centuries more distant
Than those of today
Trapped behind walls of failed tomorrows’ promises
Built in the image of todays’ misunderstood generations
Unyielding in scope
Yet admission of misogynist guilt
And racist untruths
Told not full-voice
But in falsettos’ shaded disbeliefs
To myriad children of unfaithful self-interest
Knowing only screenshotted approximations
Of identity
Uncreated within the mind
Unexpressed behind eyes
Unmoved from hands’ perspectives
Impossible to differentiate from dance
Performed on permanent stages
Trampled to flatlined submission
Where recovery is accepted as
Impossible
Yet not even hoped for
As our millennial dreams
Reach only downward
Gazes fixed on survival
Expression of no more than
Displeasures’ weak echoes
Unheard outside our ears

(Avi Sato, 2019)