a parting thought…

copyright cwmartin 2011

you
are staring
into the mirror
as if it
can change
your fate
it
has no power
only
in fairy tales
does it transform
the grotesque gourd
of life
into a magical carriage
holding
your glass slippers
this world
requires that
you
take up arms
against ignorance
and
crawl through
the narrow passageways
lined
with razor wire prejudices
to reach
a tomorrow
defined
only
by
you

don’t let the door…

copyright cwmartin 2011

after you’ve finished
ranting and raving
about how unfair
life has treated you
and
you’ve
told the last person
who will listen
all your misfortunes
perhaps
on your way out
you could take
a moment
to explain
to the child
in north korea
why they’re
always hungry
and to the ones
in angola
what happened
to their mothers
and fathers
you could even
take a second
out of your miserable day
to tell
the little hmong child
why they’re surrounded
by razor wire
of course
that is
if you
have
time