The S(k)in we live in

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

 Britain today,
for the majority,
can feel like inhabiting a waste land.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

The great rolling hills of the beautiful British countryside,
which linger in the imagination,
remnants of more fortunate times,
now recoil.

Their once fertile swathes undulate under the pressure of throbbing cities.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

The land moans
with painful swelling pustules
as it’s bled dry of its sustenance.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

Each morsel reaped
is pumped up and out of the ground’s pores
onto the banquet tables of the indulgent.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

They regale each other with hearty laughter,
feeding and bloating from the fruits of others labour,
snarling and spitting their big ideas into each other’s ears.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

The residue from their lips,
falls into the gutters
that snake around the very edges of the polished floor.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

Seeping through the neat exterior layer,
passing through the epidermal ridge,
the residual scraps trickle down
and nourish the under layer
the best they can.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

Accept it.
Ease yourself into a comfortable position,
under their weight.
Find solace in the knowledge
that this cannot last.

Part of the whole by Cynthia Wong

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Images are from Cynthia Wong‘s Part of the Whole Series

Melanie Wheeler

I graduated last year from Manchester school of Art, specializing in sculpture and installation.
I am also interested in collaborative projects with a focus on creating immersive environments.
I use writing as a medium for social commentary and critical thinking.

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