Dystopia 2020: a poem


We’re living in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

What is Truth? We can’t be sure.

Censorship, fake news, watched all the time.

Newspeak, Big Brother, Room 101, Thoughtcrime.


We’re living in Huxley’s Brave New World.

In every glass bottle, a foetus is curled.

Drugs and entertainment to control each clone.

Denounced for reading and thinking alone.


We’re living in Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale.

Power reserved for the wealthy white male.

Segregation and religion are tools of oppression.

Austerity, piety, hypocrisy, aggression.


We’re living in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

I don’t know what to believe any more.

17 thoughts on “Dystopia 2020: a poem”

    1. Thanks very much! All the best dystopias are commentaries on the present times in the guise of the future.

  1. I haven’t read Handmaid’s Tale, but I completely agree with the sentiment in this poem when it comes to Brave New World and 1984! It’s a scary time currently…

    1. Thanks for reading 🙂 I think my poem has made everyone even more frightened.

  2. This is brilliant and really captures the world we’re sadly living in. Fake news, science that makes no sense, a complete dystopia that people like Orwell had tried to warn us of but did we listen? Really brilliant! am going to share this! 😀

    1. Thanks! And thank you for sharing. I had the idea for it when the 2nd lockdown was ahead.

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