Vacant Lot

The post modern
Of secular religion
Camps and teams
And tribes of conformity
The condemnation
Of ancient truths
Our binding fabrics
Frayed to the core
Without meaning
And no true value
To the herd
Where victimhood
Is virtue
A competition
Of the absurd
Caged in perceived
While tearing down
A thousand years
Of history
And replacing it
With nothing
But hurt

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 six books of poetry: “March” (2019), “The Seasons of Us” (2019), New Days (2020), Fragments (2021), A Long Walk (2023) and Sojourns (2024) . 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. He lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. Read other articles by John.