This is a short poem called Dominos. With any art form or poetry, the beauty and interpretation are in the eyes of the beholder. However, this is what was going on in my thought process as I wrote this.
This piece was inspired by the realization that we are all the same in some way, shape, or form. Usually, dominos are black and white and the same size. The only differentiation would be the number of black dots on them. Some may argue and say some dominos are not black and white, which is true. However, the lines that state “black and white conceal our true colours” show how we all essentially look like each other or are all told to hide who we are.
Now I am no fashion expert, but I notice that as soon as I see trends of people wearing baggy pants or tote bags, I want to do the same. Another example not related to looks is societal/internal expectations of getting married, finding a job, finding financial freedom, or traveling in a specific timeframe. The rise of applications such as TikTok and Instagram has made it easier for us to compare ourselves and be copied and pasted versions of each other.
Whether we like it or not, our behavior has a ripple effect. The last two lines are “when one of us falls. So does the other”. These lines portray the nature of dominos and their ripple effect (or should I say the falling effect). We stack dominos in a line, and as soon as one domino tips over, the rest follow suit. This analogy explains how we all fall together. Maybe we will not stop falling until someone breaks our alignment and does something radical. Or perhaps us being set up in a line and being like each other somehow makes us more harmonious? Maybe this alignment and structure help us hold it together as a community?
There are many avenues to explore this analogy of comparing ourselves to dominos. However, what lies true is the influence of one person until we all end up falling or rising together.
All it takes is one domino.