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Mutable Mutations

This post was inspired by the erasure concept where the powerful and popular erase the masses with silence, ignorance, poverty, and haplessness. We live in a tragicomedy we call "reality".

I remember growing up
knowing I have a voice.
A voice that counts
in votes not notes.
I remember paying for costs
not landing posts or making votes.
I remember the truth
shared with no costs.

I remember preachers as teachers
not creatures with corruption’s features.
I remember family and friends
being security and roots;
not interests and motives.
I remember leaders as seekers
of change and futures
not leeches and killers.

Today I have a voice
drowned in silence
from a silent majority
blinded with tragedy
deafened with tyranny
muted by poverty
crippled by authority
and erased by money.

Life is now a mutable fallacy
spewed on social media as reality;
a travesty of popularity
mutating truth with bigotry
crushing minority for a legacy.

All I see is ballots
flushed down boxes
like turd down toilets
with footage of murders
and criminals going viral
in spirals of hashtags
and pointless petitions
piling above election campaigns
selling people’s pains
for future gains.

But who cares?
Is there anyone who dares
do more than a couple of shares?
Likes are now’s cares
comments are future’s scares
actions are only for those on chairs
searches are internal security affairs.
The rest are content with empty stares
dying at the bottom of society’s stairs
waiting for crumbs falling from lions’ lairs.
We are all mimers in endless fairs.

We have been reduced to dregs
of the humanity that’s
been, a reality erased, yet begs
what have we become—pegs;
hung on lines until bled dry
or suffocated like helpless fry?
We have erased ourselves
from humanity’s memory
with our mutable mutations.

Author’s Notes:

This post was inspired by the erasure concept where the powerful and popular erase the masses with silence, ignorance, poverty, and haplessness. We live in a tragicomedy we call “reality”. In Arabic we say ” wa sharrul baliyati ma yodhiko” which means and the worst of all mishaps or tragedies are ones that make you laugh… All we can do is laugh and go on with our business because we know the only change and way forward is downward and to the worst. It’s sad but it’s the truth no matter how bitter.

Catch more of Pasithea Chan with her previous posts here. You can also find her brand of poetry on Facebook.

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Pasithea Chan
Pasithea is a budding Lebanese Filipino impressionist who enjoys writing poetry in symbolism laced with philosophy and psychology. Given her legal background having worked as legal and risk management consultant in MENA and the far east; she also writes legal and academic articles. Her creative writing has been read on several podcasts and radios and was featured in several magazines and anthologies including: Envision Arts, Rigorous, Fevers of the Mind, Osprey's Empire, Voices of the Real and Suicide. Having written 2500+ poems and more than 12 short stories; Pasithea writes in various styles but prefers pieces that have double meanings to allow a reader to delve deeper into her works. https://ello.co/pasitheaanimalibera

32 Comments

  1. This poem showed me the past and the present where the people were not afraid and where their votes can’t buy. And it made me realized that were now really into technologies, we always depend on what they say and what is popular somewhat we didn’t notice what are the effects of those certain things. I like the poem because its all about the reality that many people can say “Hala! Oo nga.”

  2. Moiseslyn Masagca
    Moiseslyn Masagca

    This poem slaps many people by realizing a lot of things specifically using a technology, you, we, we always settle and depend on what is new and popular not knowing if this thing really suit to us or is this thing can really help us on what is good and right. This poem gives me an impact and question that “is this really happened?” And “yah, this is true especially today in our generation.

  3. The poem gave us the sad truth of how we, as kids, are ignorant of truth that is happening around us, but as we grow up, we have the right to stand with what we know is good for us and for the future.

    ACT183

  4. Angela Mae Posadas
    Angela Mae Posadas

    This poem showed me how blind people can be. We let others to decide for us and be blind for the truth that. We should let our voices be heard and be awake of what is happening on the reality.

    ACT183

  5. this poem makes us realize that we depend so much in technology. we always seek for the new and best for us. not even knowing that if it is suitable for us or not. this poem makes us realize the truth in our generation.

    ACT 183

  6. Marilou Mae Amparo
    Marilou Mae Amparo

    This poem Mutable Mutations is not just a simple poem but it is an eye opener. It shows how our todays world is different from before. And made me realized that how lucky those people who experienced the things we cannot do today in our generation. Because we want to achieve the standard of society , we are now not able to show our thoughts because they might judge us.

    ACT183

  7. Carmella Jane O. Caligan
    Carmella Jane O. Caligan

    It’s a realization for us the difference of the past, present and even future we can have. We need to wake up that not everything we see is the truth behind it can be a darkness. We have to take courage and act now if we want a better ahead.

  8. The technology has become one of the most important thing in our society. It has impacted all of the sectors in our society — it makes our life easier and quicker — and helped us in many ways. However, most of the people becomes lazy and most of them wastes their time by using their social media, they also stream movies, and play online games instead of working and using one’s time well. They don’t even know what’s happening in our society, and they do not care about what’s going on around them anymore.

  9. It serves as an eye opener for us. Most of us were just a puppet of this century or society. We must learn how to understand, how to reflect and how to act on our own will regardless of the diversity of life.

    ACT 183

  10. This poem gave realizations about the truth in this generation. Almost all are really into technology and social media and they depend on it. People are becoming dumb and blind nowadays. Sad reality.

    ACT183

  11. Christian Versola
    Christian Versola

    The poem is an eye opener for us on what is happening in our generation right now.We are not aware on the changes because we are blinded by the truth. Open our eyes and don’t be afraid to face the reality.

    ACT183

  12. The poem realized us that we’re being manipulated by others today unlike before. This poem also serves as an eye opener to see what is really happening and to wake us up and not manipulated by others.

  13. This simply shows that people can be manipulated by anyone. We should learn how to distinguish right from wrong. We can’t be blind forever.

    ACT 183

  14. Mharian Mabahin
    Mharian Mabahin

    I really love how the author speaks for the truth that’s happening around us. Those people who are silent through the crimes they’ve witness are way more sinful than those who commit the wrongdoings.

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  15. Lea Jane Pedarse
    Lea Jane Pedarse

    It’s nice to read a poem that says a lot and I think the main message that it delivers is how things in the past are much different from what we have today. The author is so observant and brilliant!

    ACT183

  16. The poem showed the sad reality that people are blinded by lies and can’t let their voice out.
    Act183

  17. Christine Mae Jalbuena
    Christine Mae Jalbuena

    God made us the smartest specie so that we can think for ourselves and make the world a better place, but it seems that we let ourselves manipulated by the things in this world and forgot our own humanity.

  18. Kobe Christian Ventura
    Kobe Christian Ventura

    The piece made me realized how blind we could be, in the important events happening around us. We are afraid to speak up especially if it is against the view of the majority. We are allowing to be dictated by what is the norms of the society for the sake of following it.

    ACT183
    KOBE CHRISTIAN VENTURA

  19. This poem emphasizing the situation in the society, that in the fast phasing of it the people immediately follow the trend and without even knowing the happenings in the surroundings. Those changes would probably our foundation for new technologies in the future.

  20. Jenny Sylvia Eustaquio
    Jenny Sylvia Eustaquio

    The message of the poem for me is that we all have our own voices but we can’t speak up due to certain circumstances. We feel that our thoughts are going to be neglected because we don’t have a strong front that can make people listen.

    ACT183

  21. It’s very sad how society turned like the one we have today. People are so full of themselves and constantly moving downward. This generation is “Me generation” wherein people only care about themselves and it’s all about them being manipulated by the things in this world.

    HAZEL ANGELIE ESPIRITU
    ACT183

  22. YOUR POEM IS INDEED GOOD, HOWEVER, IT DEPICTS A FALSE COMPARISON OF TODAY AND THE PAST. BECAUSE WHAT YOU’RE BASICALLY TRYING TO ARTICULATE IS THAT PEOPLE “USED” TO BE VOCAL ENOUGH TO VOICE OUT THEIR RIGHTS, STRONG ENOUGH TO FIGHT AND DEFEND THE WEAK, AND WISE ENOUGH NOT TO BE DECEIVED AND FRIGHTENED BY THE AUTHORITY. IF YOU SEE KIDS FADING OF TODAY’S TECHY GENERATION, THEN YOU SAW IT WRONGFULLY.

    IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE THAT VOICE DROWNED IN SILENCE, THEN SPEAK AND SCREAM TO THE HIGHEST POINT OF YOUR CAPACITY.DO NOT BLAME THE “SILENT MAJORITY” !!!
    And By the way, dear, not because it’s in silence doesn’t mean it’s sleeping; remember the busy fish swimming beneath the CALM LAKE.

    muted by poverty???? NAH, I SAW NO KIDS GOT MUTED BY POVERTY, I SAW THEM PASSIONATELY WORKING HARD TO OVERCOME THAT THING-POVERTY.

    crippled by authority? NAH,I SAW PEOPLE FIGHTING BACK, TRYING TO CRIPPLE THE AUTHORITY.

    WELL, LESS THAN HALF OF YOUR POEM IS ANTI-PARALLEL TO MY PERSPECTIVE, BUT I DEFINITELY AGREE TO THE REMAINING MORE THAN HALF OF IT. I MIGHT SOUND VERY DEFENSIVE, AND MAYBE I REALLY AM BECAUSE YES, I BELONG TO THE KIDS OF TODAY’S TECHY GENERATION WHERE “Likes are now’s cares
    comments are future’s scares”, BLAME MARK!!!! not us.
    AND LASTLY, I MIGHT BELONG AS WELL TO THAT “SILENT MAJORITY” BUT MY DEAR, WE ARE THAT SILENT MAJORITY WORKING TO THE MOMENTUM, INTENSIFYING OUR STRENGTHS AND CREATING THE PERFECT TIMING TO FINALLY ERADICATE THE CREATURES YOU CALLED LEECHES AND KILLERS. AT THE END OF THE TIME, WE HAVE TO TRUST, HOPE AND BELIEVE TO THE KIDS OF TODAY.

  23. It’s a beautiful poem that made my mind and eyes open in reality that people nowadays, strive for popularity and power to blind and control others by making them silent to the truth. It made me realized that we should be aware of what’s happening and have courage to stand on what we believe not what others want us to believe.

    Dorado
    ACT183

  24. Samuel Jafet Villabroza
    Samuel Jafet Villabroza

    The poem for me shows how far we have come in our society, we have developed backwards, we became hypocrites, attention seekers, ignorant, the poem also shows how powerful media can be and how it affects our daily lives , fishing for likes , “sharing” is caring , yes knowledge is important but what good will that knowledge bring to our society if we will not implement it. The poem also suggests how our government operates, people silenced ,the poor sidelined and authorities blinded by money. How far have we come? how far from humanity??

    ACT183

  25. Patricia Estacio
    Patricia Estacio

    The article is like a time machine, it made me look back what happened in the past and made me realize how may things changed today. It was a good author’s realization.

    ACT183

  26. It tackles about how big the difference between the past and our present situation in our country. It makes us realize that we are in control of people who’s doing nothing but to take money from citizens. I like how it was delivered in the poem and how relatable it is to us.

  27. Audrey Hernandez
    Audrey Hernandez

    A must read!
    Don’t be afraid and always have the courage to speak on what you fight for.
    (ACT183)

  28. Thank you all for reading, assimilating, and appreciating my piece. I am honored by your comments and perspectives.

  29. This poem gives us the reality that it is the result of our choicesand decision. We forget to open our eyes in the reality because we are blinded by their promises to us. Vote is our right to choose a wise and a good leader. For those teenager who is not registered to their places, a vote can change many things and it is our right to have it. And lastly for those people who is willing to give their votes in exchange for money, yes we are in a democratic country but you are not the only one living one vote can change many things. Be wise and open minded in the reality.

    Act183

  30. This poem is a way for us to wake up in using technologies these past few days. We always should remember that technologies are made to make our life easier, not to make others’ life miserable.

    ACT 183
    ps. Late lang po kasi now ko lang po nabasa ?

  31. The poem showed us the sad reality of being blind by the truth. We are conquered by the virtual reality, we rely so much on technology. Let your voice be heard, and always be aware on what is truly happening.

  32. Renillie Encinares, ACT182, Art Appreciation, Color and MX, Rule of third

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