Before they named us millennials,
they called us Generation Y.

Now we’re all growing up
and starting to ask all of our elders, “Why?”

If your outrage is much higher in a traffic jam
than when unarmed people die,

or you whine about a building burning
but not the injustice of a murder untried,

or you care more about a flag taken down
than those who in a church lost their lives,

or you feel more upset over a sports loss
than the killing of a toy holding child,

then you must ask yourself
where your priorities truly lie.

Step outside of your selfish
pinhole of apathy
and give compassion a try.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
Diana L. Lang is Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She has published nine poetry books under the pen name D.L. Lang, won several awards at area county fairs, and enjoys participating in the spoken word community of Solano County.
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