social media is awash with colour and rage
opening the app releases a tangle of feisty, hashtag-stuffed webs
everybody’s mouths are wide like venus fly traps
everybody’s tongues are wagging more than usual
everybody’s Stories spewing #BLM
celebs compelled to stick their oars into this sticky
systemic umbilical cord too
but coming off as disinterested, forced.
people are preaching and protesting and praying
spray painting their social media palettes
with the colours of death and deceit
hot on the heels of murder.
i’m cocooning, unsure how to proceed
followers vomiting up advice and financial gestures
go to this site, donate to this organisation
sign this petition, educate these people
money feels like a luxury, but slippery to pin down
and dock into the right place, like a slimy space station.
hate is running amok in society
omnipotence handed out like inappropriate candy
necks squashed like bugs
guns loaded too hastily
fists misguided, slamming into jaws
let’s meet those who’ve ventured down dirty paths
of death and decay
and the full weight of the law.