don’t get caught standing
you’ll fall backwards or forwards-
5/8/2019 - Poetry form: Senryu - Copyright © Mark Toney | Year Posted 2018
The pain one man feels can be felt by another.
When one man suffers, we all suffer.
But the suffering of one does not equate to that of another,
What we go through is nothing compared to our sisters & brothers.
One man may starve & no hands will reach out to feed him,
when You and I scroll through our feed, do we care for him?
In that moment, our hearts may bleed for him, but does that really matter? When a living, breathing man looks more like a cadaver.
We pile the blame on those in power
to allow our conscience to breathe,
And yet, in reality we, the people, are to blame.
For we can move mountains with our actions to help the powerless but instead we choose to lie and deny our own cowardice.
A crime we're all guilty of
Jack had the knack
Of showing quite quick with one single flick.
I called him for aid; he did as I bade.
Cheerfully willing to always be filling
Water and ice for my cup, he heard me speak up.
May he never get bored of pleasing the horde,
And find satisfaction, in his quick action.
Loud world I find silence
Love my own pain
Don't want to forget yesterday
Wash away the pain
Bullet in my brain
It won't take it away
Sitting idle and awake
I won't forget my mistakes
Stand on graves and cast out the helpless.
They arrive in waves to the illusion of hope.
A 'caravan' of people,
All begging for freedom,
But fear not,
They shall be murdered
for they are evil.
How can they expect asylum, safety & security,
from a land built on death?
Where those in power face no scrutiny.
Where an orange haired buffoon can thrive & prosper,
But mothers & fathers cannot afford a doctor.
Yet still these people come here seeking a better life and
how dare they do?
With hands calloused from hard work,
hearts filled with grief,
spirits filled with belief;
Don’t they know?
This is a land built out of the flesh of martyrs,
On a charter that helps oppress its own population,
A country that thrives off devastation.
A sociopathic society
And feel the sickness
How many babies
From the same
But are not
Because of their
Ha, ha, ha
Act like it’s all good
Touching the surface, greatly scratching, bearly a ripple
We easily avoid it, the clean, smooth, pristine surface
Skirt around disturbing it’s placed waters
Skirt around saying what really needs to be said
Instead we laugh, and smile
Weaving a masterpiece
Of our own
Some may blame this course of action but,
What if we do disturb the sleeping lion
Are we afraid of
Our perfect facade
Perfect visage breaking
Shattering into millions of tiny pieces
Too small to reattach
“But if it’s broken can’t you just fix it?”
“My mommy always puts a band aid on my boo boos”
“But it’s not a boo boo, it’s completely broken.”
“Then why don’t you just build it again?”
“With legos! That way it’ll be taller and even better!”
Ha, ha, ha, ha
Sometimes the answer is right there
Oh Ye Creator, who love us
The superceder above us
Aid me, Lord! Let me not despair
I'm at the bottom of this sphere, cuddled by deep fear
Let me witness your blessing, ere I die.
Let your guiding light arise, to drown my cry
My heart, my soul and whole, is under thy control
Let not the floods of anguish, overwhelm my soul
Let not my spirit separate from its being
The garbage bin; I don't want to be
I know I'm destined for something great
But there are obstacles that keep it wait
I know its all part of the plan
But my skin is turning to tan
Broken, on top of it,
from poor choices I've made.
What's to come if I
can't fix myself?
I must overcome
my lesser nature.
Would it hurt to
Let me send
up a flare.
I lose to my sadness
from time to time,
but I want to heal,
and encourage truth,
and I want to mend
with the others who
love exists and