An Ill-Defined Something

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic


The missing ingredient


With sadness, I view the decline of western civilization,

when are some going to come to the inevitable realization

 

that basic civility, basic humanity, have gone away

and left us with the mangled nightmare of today?

 

That the sorry, sad image reflected in the mirror

is nothing but a shadow, is anything but clear?

 

As Oppenheimer once said, 'We are the hollow men,'

settling for crude in the place of where our heart's had been,

 

the norm for all of history, the innate common sense

of the American people, there can be no doubt, it's past-tense

 

We all can see an ill-defined something is missing,

action, not words is what we need, not misguided wishing

 

Not to see the world we hope for, but the world as it is now,

but if this can be done at all, I sure don't see how

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Submitted: December 26, 2017

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hullabaloo22

Thoughtful and powerful, Mike. The cover was perfect, too!

Tue, December 26th, 2017 8:19pm

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Thank you much, Hully!

Tue, December 26th, 2017 12:34pm

jaylisbeth

Very well-penned, Mike.

Wed, December 27th, 2017 12:32am

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Thanks as always, J.B!

Wed, December 27th, 2017 9:28am

moa rider

Hmmm.. yes Mike, I have just started reading the Penguin History of the World. 1200 odd pages and have just finished up to when sapiens arrives. I wonder which will finish first. Usianguke

Wed, December 27th, 2017 6:24am

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It's a very good question--thanks, Moa

Wed, December 27th, 2017 9:30am

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