Slavery ( The Big Dream)

Slavery ( The Big Dream)

Slavery (The Big Dream)

Slavery || Viano Dee

It holds a grip like Milton Avery
It’s bravery to face facts, look them in eye
without knavery — now let’s spill the tricks:
To attain certain levels of certain heights
You must sell your soul, lose all that makes you whole
Soil your hands, I tell you, there’s no using gloves
Just so you know, all that glitters isn’t really gold
When shows are sold, most times most likely, it’s a game of thrones
Survival of the fittest: it’s the fiercest that’s the free-est
to conquer and rule, to wear the crown and do
As they please without resis-
tance until they no longer find favour in the eyes of the ‘eye’

See, money has made many creepy, douchey and eerie
Though they seem to be living life, they actually miss truly living; living truly
There’s no denying that they are the envy of others
But unknown to many, their battles are fiercely fire-ly, long-lasting
Damn! It’s never-ending.
And behind the scene, the true meaning is revealed:
What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?
They’re dead inside, dead alive, and sometimes they decide to end their lives
This isn’t some funny myth; no— it’s not even a speech from meth:
It is reality staring at you uncompromisingly
You either see it, recognize it, or shut down your senses till
You’re swept away by the enticing wind.

Is mainly sold using flattery
Just because the ‘Big Ups’ sell it as fancy dreams
Doesn’t make it any less of a fantasy — a fake reality
So choose your choices wisely knowing that the best things in life are free
And if the best things in life are free, what things are worth your soul?
It’s a long road from here and boy, you dare not walk alone
To be safe (saved) choose Jesus and let Him make you whole.

Written and Performed: Viano Dee
Instrumental: Sad and Soft by Tim Moor

About “Slavery (The Big Dream)”

Slavery is a spoken word piece that highlights what living ‘the dream” really is behind the scenes. Many have paid the ultimate price to live lavishly and it’s far from merely having the talent or working hard — it’s a costly trade.

It’s one that requires some form of compromise or lies and in some cases, selling one’s soul and serving the god of mammon referred to as ‘the eye’. If those involved would be honest enough, they’d tell everyone how not so much of a dream it really is.

The reference to Milton Avery, a famous abstract painter whose works gained wide recognition in the 1920s through the ’30s, is purposely for lyrical flow and comparison: The same way he gained recognition for his work, is the same way ‘slavery’ is gaining traction– thanks to social media.

This piece points the attention of the reader/listener to the more important things in life which are in fact, free. Nothing is what losing your soul for because everything else passes with the wind.

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Viano Dee

Non-niche blogger. Poet. Songwriter. A hardcore romantic. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.

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I so can relate when the topic was related to money. Hits hard.

Becky, Cuddle Fairy

That’s a very good question – what is worth your soul? Nothing, that is for sure. Beautiful piece.


There are many that are slaves to money. The problem is to keep up with lavish lifestyles they have to work even harder.


Yes Viano! Speak the truth!!!! I am on your wavelength. All that glitters is not gold, as you’ve said.


Slavery was never a good and it will never be. Many people are ignorant of the reality that modern day slavery exists. All you need to do is open you eyes and mind.


I enjoyed reading it. the question is absolutely on point and definitely slavery doesn’t worth it


This poem has some great metaphors and some good questions, like:

What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?

Keep up the good work! 🙂


Your art is powerful, your message true and strong. I choose freedom in simple living. Thank you


Great message and nicely said. Freedom from any sort of bondage is important and brings out the true essence of living.

Lori Bosworth

This really illuminates the importance of our choices in life; we must do what makes us happy, which is not necessarily what will pay us the most!

Angie Rose

This is such a great read with a very strong and powerful message. It really made me think.


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