eyes-closed

When I close my eyes
I see my dream world
             Happiness
             Beauty
             Hope
             Peace

When I open my eyes
              Violence
              Sadness
              Tears
              Darkness

In the real world I must obey
              Custom
              Duty
              Tradition
              Culture

Defined and upheld
By my fellow people
Some wear smiles
Some wear tears
Which world
Becomes real
Today?

By Sayara

Photo by Kristina Alexanderson