Turn Around

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

I wrote this poem for a Memorial Day reading

Turn Around


I see you standing in water

looking out to sea,

knee deep in secret regret.

Denying past and present,

looking the other way

while 85,000 children starve to death.

Yet, in Venezuela, the orange one

wants to use his guns.

Turn around;

see where you come from.

Look at our land and marvel at the trees.

How many different shades of green

do you see?

Look at all the beauty

in the land where you were born,

and all of its diversity.

Don’t be satisfied looking out at the horizon

for some answer in a single evasive ideology.

Turn around;

wonder at the only known

star in the universe

to give birth

to the only known planet

in the universe

that has risen to self-awareness.

Be amazed at the miracle

that is you.

When you do,

everything you see,

or touch

in this mortal coil,

this mortal shell,

this once around,

will fill

you with wonder

once again.

Yes, remember those that

have come before.

Remember good,

for there have been many;

remember not so good,

for they have hurt so many, but

mostly remember the now

and what you leave behind.

Guide your mind with your heart,

for every decision you make

effects every child still to come.

Turn around,

wonder at the world;

from smallest insects

to genius of humans:

all made of stardust;

all the children

of a planet

circling a star

we call Sun.

Turn around.

Submitted: December 20, 2019

© Copyright 2021 A.L. Whyte. All rights reserved.

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