#GirlsWriteBack: “Priorities”

#GirlsWriteBack is a summer writing project hosted by the GirlSense & NonSense Blog.
It features weekly essays, poems, and fiction by young women writers responding to news headlines.


By Rebecca Merkley

Black and White

We all have things that we view as important;
our priorities come in a wide array of assortment.
And such is the same with what we see online,
Only priorities are given the spotlight’s shine.

But there’s a question we should ask,
when we read each piece:
Are the words even truthful,
or important, at least?

While our soldiers lay in fear,
crying and dying,
we sit in our homes wondering
what color nail polish we should be buying.
Or how to lose weight,
or how to “flirt”

Every now and then,
there’ll be a story
that’s less full of selfishness
and more full of glory.

Glory to a man or woman
of a Armed Service’s station
who lost their life
while serving their great nation.

Or glory to someone
who’s overcome a trial.
Who was told they’d never walk another inch,
and instead they ran a mile.

Or maybe a tale of
something gone missing;
A boy suffering from cancer
is told he’s finally in remission.

But all of these feats
and all of this success
are overcome by other stories
and rated ‘second best.’

Because knowing how much
a celebrity might weigh
or hearing that a famous man
has come out as gay,

or looking up diets to
become paper thin
are much bigger accomplishments
and much greater wins.

Or maybe our priorities are
what’s really flawed.
The things we ignore
are what we really should applaud.

So keep in mind,
when you read the next top story;
Is it more about selfishness,
or more about –rightful- glory?

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