Poems of the Week


by Julia Griffin

“A part-owner of the Golden State Warriors has backtracked after saying that ‘nobody cares’
about the human rights abuses suffered by the Uyghur people at the hands of Chinese
authorities. Chamath Palihapitiya, a billionaire venture capitalist, posted a clarification of his
comments to Twitter on Wednesday. ‘I recognize that I came across as lacking empathy…'” 

The Guardian

Nobody cares. Of course it’s sad,
But that’s the world we’ve always had.
Unless the market starts to bounce,
Do not pretend you care an ounce:
Our hearts, I fear, are iron-clad.

Apparently this truth looks bad,
But note: I haven’t said I’m glad,
And please reflect, before you pounce:
Nobody cares.

We shrug, like any undergrad
Who’s skimming through The Iliad:
So , Trojans die (in large amounts)—
And they, at least, we can pronounce!
I’ll say I’m sorry, sure, but add:
Nobody cares.