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
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.