Tragedy of the Commons

You stand and suffer in silence
You hold and suffer alone
Don’t let anyone in
Don’t let anyone see
Or they’ll find out you’re not
As strong as you seem.

And wouldn’t that be
The greatest tragedy of them all?
To know you’re just
As fallible as you feel.

Now stand and suffer dear
The cold dark humanity
Of a world bound by fear.

Our truest display
Most honest reality
Reverence for the ancestors
That carved their way
Into our genetic reams.

Refusing to see
All we despair
All we fear
Is the same everywhere.

Because we must be alone in the play
No one else would believe
Every tale’s been told before
Just players on a stage
Waiting for eternal leave.

Can’t you see
We’re the same?
You and I?
Regaled by
The beautiful lie
Only ourselves to blame.

-AJ Sandhu 2015

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