NaPoWriMo13

I’m normally a writer of short stories and am currently struggling to find time to complete a novel.

Poetry is a new form of writing for me so I’m taking the opportunity of this challenge to explore the seemingly endless forms of poetry. Bear with me on the journey as I expose the inner workings of my often confused and frustrated thoughts.

Sometimes they take on a life of their own – those are the good ones.

Any and all comments are appreciated and I’m not easily offended so be true to your heart and leave a comment if the spirit moves you.

Just A Thought

Yesterday I read a story about veterans
living in cardboard boxes in the United States.

An email came from a friend somewhere
working for peace in the Middle East.

Later on the TV news I heard about
dispossessed families living in their cars.

Suddenly it was coming from everywhere:

a mother and child shot by teens
who feel entitled to what they didn’t earn;

jobs lost due to businesses closing down
under the weight of impossible taxes;

record number of home repossessions;

diplomas awarded to kids who can’t read,

decadent, extravagant White House parties…

Every day I drown in an overwhelming,
oily, writhing, stinking mess of bad news.

I hurt with the pain of loss and misery
on the faces of those I see.

My soul cringes at the thought that
dedication is repaid by ignorance.

Another hole is opened in my heart
with every story I read; picture I see.

Sometimes, when the sun goes down
and darkness falls over the land,
events of the day merge and tumble
in the hollow spaces of my mind.

I close my eyes and scenes replay,
words scroll past on screens of black
played over actions, blend, converge;
as I struggle to understand.

Sometimes, everything morphs,
a thought is born from the chaos–
my thought—effervescent and glowing
in the dim recesses of my inner cave.

I can not fix the world, but I can try,
with what energy and resources I have,
to fix the area around me—make it better.

Before I stretch myself to lands afar,
let me work on what is close to home.

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