This post is inspired by haiku heights word prompt. The word is ‘Betrayal’. It is a bit negative to be thinking about betrayal on such a lovely peaceful day, but there are always issues highlighted in the press which come under this theme. Today I saw a front page article in the Independent Newspaper about a 92 year old man who died waiting for a bed on a ward, having been left in a side room for 11 hours. This has got to be a betrayal by the NHS as an institution which is now seriously understaffed.
Forgotten on a trolley
Died a lonely death
I read recently of workers in Bangladesh who died when the overcrowded and substandard factory building they worked in collapsed. They worked for little wages to produce garments for sale in our shops.
In squalid sweatshops
They labour for a pittance
Dying for profit
Due to the Government’s austerity measures we are having to make lots of cuts in every area of society. But I was shocked to hear that soldiers returning from fighting (or peace keeping as it is referred to these days) in conflict zones around the world will lose their jobs when they return.
Returning from war
No thanks were they given, just
Of course the world’s problems have been largely caused by injustice and greed which in no little part has been fuelled by the big financial institutions. It seems strange to me that the ordinary people have to suffer the consequences while the rich continue as if nothing has happened.
Brought their business to ruin
But took their bonus
The world’s political classes are of course most guilty of betrayal whether intentionally or not. They are the only people with the power to do something about the injustices in the world so what do they do?
At summits they meet
To discuss the worlds’ starving
At black tie banquets
I could go on about betrayal of innocent, defenceless children who have been abused by their “carers”; +about animals that are kept captive or treated cruelly; about the sick and disabled who are being vilified in this country for needing benefits to live a basic existence; but I will finish with a heartfelt betrayal:-
To abandon the mother
Expecting your child
Thank you for articulating the conditions of those who do not appear on television, have multi-million bank accounts or lead wars. You surely understand the words of Jesus when he said what you do for the least among you, you do for me. God bless you.
What a lovely comment. Thank you so much for reading my blog. I will certainly read yours now that I have been introduced!
A string of betrayals which happen every day in life and curiously I find it is the ordinary man who is generally betrayed!! Intelligent take on the prompt!!
Thank you x You are right, it is the powerless who suffer most!
Fabulous set on social injustice! Well done!
Thank you, sadly no shortage of subjects for this prompt!
every haiku and its subject is so apparently relevant to our life today. thank you for putting such beautiful emotions in words 🙂
Thank you Richa, nice to see you visiting my blog x I will now search yours out. I love finding new blogs to read x
Excellently written, Brenda, as always. These are brilliant and well articulated. 🙂
Thanks x great comment from a poet I respect x
I liked it very much.Lovely.
Wow! These are brilliant and poignant. It is so sad that they are also true.
Blessings ~ Wendy
Sad indeed, it seems we never learn how to live together in peace, justice and harmony. One day maybe!
Whoa! That’s some powerful haiku. well penned.
Thank you x I do feel strongly about all forms of injustice and these struck me as dreadful acts of betrayal x
Wow! You’ve caught many of the world’s betrayers in your heartfelt and strongly worded haiku! well done!Betrayal
Yes, I feel very strongly about all forms of injustice x
You have captured the essence of betrayal brilliantly… It is unparalleled:)
Thank you Reshma x I feel strongly about most things, especially injustice!
So good. Thanks Brenda
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All unspeakably horrible acts of betrayal. You have captured the word well.
Thank you x