paper god

Constantly looking over the shoulder

Peering to see who is watching

Aware of scrutiny and surveying

Measuring whether they weigh up

Fishbowl existence

Open to preying eyes


Path and being dictated by ink dots

Plastered onto walls

Setting up the images, roles and expectation

The self to conform

Message deeply imbedded

Daily reinforced



Verdict made known…

Never will you measure up

Constantly falling short

Of the expectations of the faceless

voiceless paper god.


©Copyright Micelle Coetsee 2014



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