Day 13 NaPoWriMo – Just A Thought

April 13, 2013


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.


4 Responses to “Day 13 NaPoWriMo – Just A Thought”

  1. Love it! You should do this more often.

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

    Just wonderfull!

    • kayuk said

      It’s so helpful when experienced readers and writers leave a comment. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment this poem.

      I love your blog!

  2. m33s66vr said

    Through most of this poem I wanted to say “but, you’re dwelling on just life’s desperations” – and then, “everything morphed” towards the end. I like this one!…

    • kayuk said

      I think it’s so unfortunate and disheartening that the ‘News’ always dwells on the negatives in life. There are 25 disasters (probably much more) to every one positive story. It’s hard not to dwell on the desperate situations that surround us.

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