第22屆英文詩組佳 作:Mirror on the wall / ICBM2 Hlalelo Hlophe

作者:Hlalelo Hlophe 【Mirror on the wall, who is vain of them all?】 Do you have the slightest clue of what you are becoming? No, you haven’t. You too busy concerned about you, just yourself and your overpowering egos. The world is mine- that’s what you think, huh? And I ask- really? You are a God- that’s what they tell you. Your head gets swollen. You crowd in on yourself, and the circle seems to get smaller, and as anticipated: the pressure rises. And you, you become caught up in the struggle of living up to a name and image that they have defined for you. But, who are they? They dwell in the oasis of your spirit. Do you still not see that the turgor in your head is too much for you to handle. You are a God in your own world. You walk around inconsiderate of whose red carpets you tramp on, climbing ladders not placed for you. Staring into every sunrise with eagerness to seize the day and make your claim on it. You imagine the spotlight just on you, so much so that you turn blind- unable to see what you have become- SELLFISH, SELF-CENTRED, and RUTHLESS . Do not ignore these warnings. I repeat, Do not! The influence of the praise takes over. Still deep in your scene of your prime time, those that cease to praise you- you quickly discard. You forget they are your creators. You become part of those that live everyday as if it were their last, utterly without a clue for tomorrow, with absolutely no sense of direction. You possess no vision beyond the draping of who you are today. Those that have been down that road will tell you, it’s… TRAGIC.

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