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Playground Closed

Poetry is turning out to be a very cathartic medium, I should do this more often.

Set the Mood


“Playground closed,” said the sign,

Yearning expression upon his face.

Came all this way, spent so much time,

Just to be caged away from my place.

Daddy, daddy, he calls out and cries,

Why did they do this to my park?

Can’t decide what’s truth or lies,

My leaders have left us all in the dark.

You may stay home, or you can go out,

Someone will hate you no matter the choice.

Perhaps give the government a sudden clout,

In lieu of them spreading truth through voice.

Can't turn to them for their candor,

Can’t even turn to them for help.

All their lies couldn’t taste any blander,

Yet we lie beneath their feet like whelps.

My son do not fear their threats,

Over you they have no control.

Where they’d see you drown in debts,

Fight them with your burning soul.

“Playground closed,” so they say,

But you know it won’t stop me.

Joy is here and it’s here to stay.

So I kick your sign down with glee.

The Narrative

First everything is fine, leaders who know about the virus say to come out and party. Next they are saying that it is the President's fault all this is occurring, they call him racist for banning travel immediately while they cried for more gatherings in public. Suddenly things are all closed down and we are all evil if we don't stay home, turning in your neighbors is what they want you to do, encourage division and polarization. Now everything is suddenly ready to open back up, and things are torn further asunder.

I'm done believing the hype, from all sides. I've been going out since the beginning, our doctors say my family probably already had the virus back in November. All I want is consistency, leadership, and most of all for people to stop arguing who is right and wrong when it is apparent that there is no black and white to this situation.


Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 12, 2020:

Absolutely, Miss Dora, the power is truly in our hands!

Thanks for reading!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 12, 2020:

Great life lesson you shared with your son and your readers. I agree: "Joy is here and it’s here to stay." That depends solely on us.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 08, 2020:

I absolutely agree, Mitara, I hope you are doing well and staying safe and sane on your end!

Thanks for reading!

Mitara N from South Africa on May 08, 2020:

The frustration has heightened for many of us, from the virus to the do's and way more don'ts from government. No new news, the news you see doesn't seem to be providing anything positive but how they can frustrate the people to their wits end. This whole period has become exhausting and nerve wrecking.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 07, 2020:

I tend to agree that there seems to be a lot more going on behind the scenes of this virus that is anything but copacetic. There is no logical reasoning, at least not apparent, behind much of the actions taken and statements made on behalf of the government, both at the federal and state levels. Even the national guard having to be called in to defend supplies from federal seizure....

It's all weird to me, and as we all know there's no such thing as coincidence in the game of power. Thanks for reading!

Beth Perry from Tennesee on May 07, 2020:

I remember playing in the park with other kids who had the chicken pox. What a very different, and depressing, world it is today. And this lib trend of blaming our president and blue state lawmakers taking away civil rights? All politically motivated I feel.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 07, 2020:

Vidya, thank you for reading, and I think we are all hoping for things to return to what they once were. Hopefully should this ever occur again we will be much more prepared to hand out unbiased, fair, and impartial information to the public!

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 07, 2020:

True, it's distressing for a child not being able to play outside and being stuck inside the house all the time. With so much going around, we don't know what to believe and what to follow. Hope all this ends soon and normalcy returns.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 07, 2020:

@Ruby: Unfortunately I haven't had the privilege of being restless, my civil disobedience lies in being confused. There are political figures saying we should open up, even PhD holders in the medical field saying so to the point that much of what is occurring is being blown out of proportion by leaders and media. Don't know who to trust, and even further don't know who to turn to for real help when everyone just wants to judge one another for their choices, or even have them thrown behind bars.

Truly, a rough situation on all ends. Thanks for reading!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 07, 2020:

@Lorna: I would go as far as saying most of the world leaders have confused the situation with their lack of consistency. From beginning until now it has been nothing but pointing fingers and disinformation blended in with the important information, making both sets of information seem worthless and discerning which is useful a real chore!

Thanks for reading!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 07, 2020:

@MG: I never felt I was at a loss for what to do, just kept living life and trying to be happy. My biggest issue is the lack of consistency from our leadership, each and every one of them flip-flopping on their own weak agendas, and contradicting people who know better than them at all levels. If there were more consistency, less politicking to make each other look bad, I think this virus would have been contained at twice the rate at least.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 07, 2020:

I agree Kyler. We are told to stay home, and we do because of fear. Some refuse, and walk around holding flags, not wearing a mask. One woman jailed because she opened her beauty shop when ordered not to. People are restless, I am restless. We wonder what is going on, who is right? Closing a playground, is it necessary? Who knows?

Lorna Lamon on May 07, 2020:

I think the world has been brought to its knees with this virus, however, certain of its leaders tend to make the situation worse. Seeing an empty playground and not being able to play is so difficult for a child to understand. You summed it up well in your poem Kyler - I just want this madness to end.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 06, 2020:

I can understand the predicament of the child but I wonder what is the solution. This pandemic has enveloped the entire globe and I think everybody is at a loss what to do.

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