thoughts before slumber…

a child
no longer
wants to go home
too much death
listen
the need
is still there
do not close
your eyes
a village
without a sound
burnt to the ground
but listen
a woman screams
the need
is still there
do not close
your eyes
a homeless man
bludgeoned
for sport
like a video game
listen
the need
is still there
do not close
your eyes
a young child
sold and bred
for the pleasure
of others
do not run
from these sounds
but listen
the need
is still there
do not close
your eyes
you lock
the metal doors
to your soul
and chain
your fears
at night
so you may
rest in peace
but i tell you
the poor and destitute
are outside
listen
the need
is still here
do not close
your eyes

16 thoughts on “thoughts before slumber…

  1. we close our eyes way too often..we call it zivilcourage in germany when so. stands up to help someone else. a year or so ago a man was beat to death in a subway because he tried to help someone..

  2. I appreciate this poem and particularly the lines:

    “you lock
    the metal doors
    to your soul
    and chain
    your fears
    at night”

  3. A hard truth, but all it takes is more people doing, every day, every minute, there is an opportunity, don’t think about it, just DO.

  4. … and, when all is said and done, we are the wolf at the door, the horror in our ears, the blood in our mouths, the body dying of hunger and abuse …

    You right, we need to be aware and to do whatever it is within our means to do.

    On target, Charles! You always are. 🙂

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