HeyThereRose

United Kingdom

17
welsh
perpetual state of confusion
probably procrastinating
nothing is real
have a good day
she/her

Message to Readers

based on 'the ones who walk away from omelas' by Ursula K. Le Guin, which describes a world in which everyone is happy apart from a child who must be kept miserable to ensure the others happiness
my descriptions are strongly influenced by the descriptions in the book
we discussed this 'utopia' in a online lecture i went to today, and i have a question for you
who is the child?

the one who couldnt walk away from Omelas

July 20, 2021

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i become an it

and i become an imbicele

and i become the sores on my legs and the cavity of my chest

and i become the stench of my own filth and the fear of a rattling door

and i become dark circles where eyes and soul should be 

and i become windowless

and i become an it

and you rejoice in my misery;
and you ride among meadows;
and you weave bright colours between the air;

i remember the air
i remember the joy

but i become an it
cowering before your children

and they, the ones who cant accept, the ones who do not cry, they
walk away

what wouldnt i give to walk away

id think
if i could form coherent sentences 

anymore

 

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  • sunfish

    I adore the original story, I remember studying it a few years ago when my class was learning about utilitarianism and Ursula Le Guin is one of my all time favourite writers. I love how you showed the perspective of the locked away child, reusing imagery from the original story to create a deeper connection and truly spooking the audience, well done! To answer your question of who the child is, I think the child does not represent one particular aspect of our life on Earth; rather, the child is a culmination of the atrocities humans inflict on each other and the fear that goes along with it. They are everything we consider unethical wrapped up into a child. Utilitarianism is such a delicate concept to grapple with, I always thought this story explained the idea well.


    12 days ago
  • _streaks_of_stars_

    wow


    14 days ago