The Ruler

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The Ruler

Sonia Dahal

The poem talks about how the people who are at the very bottom of society are treated and explores the hope for a society where humanity is valued more than money and personal success. The poem starts with a rigid structure to reflect the hierarchical structure of our society. The poem loses this structure at the end to show an escape from the rigid and cutthroat environment that the people are confined to their entire life. 

We see a lack of governmental support in many countries that doesn’t protect people in their workplaces and a negligence by large companies who exploit cheap labour in terrible working conditions. Yet these exploited people play a fundamental part in shaping our society.  I believe that we should be more considerate, empathetic, respectful and generous and not tolerate any thing that devalues us as humans.

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WritingJohn Byrne Award