pretentious altruism ~ wayra

pretentious altruism

social consciousness
embraced with self-interest
camouflaged as compassion
will undermine a cause
to the detriment of others


This poem is my response to Poetry Form: The Wayra, the prompt from Grace at dVerse ~ Poets Pub. The wayra is a popular verse form in Peru and Bolivia, originating in an indigenous Quechua language and adopted into Spanish literature.

An additional challenge is to use onomatopoeia in the poem. I’ve addressed that by placing a revision in the comments.

The elements of the wayra are:
                                        ~ a pentastich/a stanza in 5 lines
                                        ~ syllabic, 5-7-7-6-8
                                        ~ no rhyme

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