Humanities Challenge


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    If humanity is to survive individual action is mandatory.

    Humanities Challenge

    As I walk among the aimless crowds

    I see empty bodies draped in linen shrouds

    Some rushing on the road to nowhere

    Others moving as if totally unaware

    Life consumes the soul until nothing remains

    Suffocating the mind with unyielding chains

    The humanness that would save the world

    Is lost beneath evil’s cloak unfurled

    Can we shed these chains that bind

    And throw back the cloak that hinders mankind?

    The answer lies deep within each living being

    Looking outward without ever seeing

    It is within our power to purge evil from our midst

    So take up the sword and clinch your fist

    Swear to replace relentless need with a giving heart

    And love’s undying message you will soon impart.


     ©Copyright Charlie Gragg July 24, 2010              

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    sevyn7 commented on Humanities Challenge


    sometimes I do step back and take off my blinders, and see people walking aimlessly, like sheep in a herd, then I put my blinders back on, and went back to work. Great insightful poem.



    Thank you very much

    Olan01 commented on Humanities Challenge


    No truer words have ever been spoken, my friend, then these. It is the haunting of the species to walk blindly when we are gifted with three eyes; two to see with, one to guide.



    Thank you I appreciate your visit this day to my humble poems.



    You are a gifted poet and the honor is mine.

    ginga commented on Humanities Challenge


    Charlie, I felt a sense of dread at first wondering where this was going, and you wrapped it up in hope at the end. Impressive save! lol! ginga



    Thank you for the comment. As is the case with all such writes feelings vary from reader to reader. I am glad that the poem did not disappoint.

    icu2 commented on Humanities Challenge


    Nice! Kinda preachy baby...but it works! And I am sure you are aware (being the astute character that you are) that the bible is also called the sword. Great write.



    That I am. Thanks for reading.

    Charlie23 commented on Humanities Challenge


    I love the challenge you have presented within the poems message! Very well written poem as well!



    Thank you very much.

    To have great poets there must be great audiences too.

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