Modern Age

A new age
Is upon us
Locked in the inherent
Of abstract beauty
A hardening
Of spiritual arteries
And the lost salvation
Of children
Plagues of terror
And conflict
Disease and disorder
The worship of hatred
And misguided virtue
Strewn over
Shameful landscapes
Of intellectual disgrace
In hollow versions
Of ourselves
And emboldened
On the surface
By a collective
And cancerous reticence
To be judged

John is a social worker working in the field of disability management and holds degrees in social work, rehabilitation services, and psychology. He is the author of four books of poetry: “March” (2019), “The Seasons of Us” (2019), New Days (2020), and Fragments (2021). His work has appeared widely in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies internationally. John is also a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. Read other articles by John.