Us and Them

The world seems to be full of talking heads

With not enough guillotines to go around

Stern faces, heated rhetoric, fingers pointing in all directions

Sound bytes and fury still signifying nothing much at all

At the end of the day, when all the voices stop

And the righteous minds are dreaming of the great battles of tomorrow

Everybody else just gets on with things.


While places and people are occupied, we go to work

As the pundits from either side release fresh salvos

We raise our kids, or go have a beer with the lads

Living our lives as best we are able

With little heed given at all to all of the partisan bullshit

Because really, we have better things to do.


The same old shit just given a fresh spin

Pick a generation and find the flavor of division

Time, place, economic situation, religious persuasion

It is always just us and them finding new and exciting ways for it to be “their” fault

Nothing ever really changes, the problems of today are the problems of the day before and tomorrow

Instead of actually trying to solve anything

We just pick up rocks, or spears, or nuclear weapons

Screaming “it’s all your fault” and just pounding away until something gives

Just a little shift to the party line that someone can call a victory

The thing about us and them though is that ultimately

There are always more of them then there are of us.


Here’s the secret, there is no us, there is no them, there is only we

As cliche as this may sound, the human condition is in fact universal to 100% of human beings

The only real difference between me and my counterparts world wide is I probably have less to really complain about but bitch more

The more lines that are drawn in the sand

Leaves less and less sand to stand on until there is no more left,

Until we are all just drowning together in the ocean, all of us together

We should just wipe the lines away, stand on the shore

Taking comfort in each other and the fact that we are all of us and are not alone.


5 Responses to “Us and Them”

  1. Too many talking heads – not enough guillotines. That’s a concept I’m going to borrow! 😀

    Marie Marshall

  2. Agreed. Agreed. Agreed. Well put.

  3. blackwatertown Says:

    Good poem – really liked the way you began it so strongly.
    You lost me a bit as you went on – not because of the quality, but the sentiment. I wonder if you write off too quickly people’s attempts to club together to right wrongs or to find strength in togetherness against more powerful organisations.
    The people who are busy just getting on with life, may well benefit from the work of others who work towards safer workplaces or the right to have a break. Maybe they are the unsung heroes who are trying to actually solve something, rather than picking up rocks, etc.

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