Of This World I am Not


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On a more somber note

Of This World I am Not


Of this world I am not

For my eyes see little of

the things promised by

 those that speak of love and

 powers that would protect us

 from the evil forces of darkness.

Of this world I am not

For my heart aches for those

that huddle by the dim fire of

a rusted ash can as snow and ice

stiffen the grimy clothes

 upon their backs.

Of this world I am not

For try as I may I cannot justify

that which allows twenty thousand

innocent children to die each day of

 starvation as others gorge themselves on fatted

 calf with no thought of those that perish.

Of this world I am not

For in spite of the beauty that

 surrounds me I fear it is only

a thin cloak of deception providing

shelter for the pain and

suffering that dwells within.

Of this world I am not

For as each day dawns and the sun

bathes my world in the many blessings

of a superficial Eden like existence I feel

despair in knowing that others must suffer without

 so much as a glimmer of hope to sustain them.

Of this world I am not

if I cannot find it within myself

  to give rather than take

to sacrifice rather than hoard

to feel others pain rather than my own pleasure

“To be in this world but not of it.”

  is the solace I seek


©Copyright Charlie Gragg April 27, 2010



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Madelynn commented on Of This World I am Not


I know. Truely Charlie, I do know. Thank you for sharing this with so many. I would hope that some humanity should come from this piece- but, unfortunatly, the words will probably be forgotten when another poet is clicked on, by many-the ones who need remember thses words. Not to me though, ok? never. There are others who will remember this work as well. They are the ones also, not of this world- and still clinging to 'maybe someday..' thanx,hugz, Maddi



I hope with all my heart that you are right about the "others who will remember". Thanks for commenting and understanding the message.

Teardrops commented on Of This World I am Not


You say in this poem what i have questioned for years how can a world so rich let anyone go without . You say it all and with great convection thanks for the read Marie



How many more times must it be said before we all take notice? Thank you for commenting.

SavVySam commented on Of This World I am Not


“To be in this world but not of it.” is an ideal that some aspire to, but few ever achieve..yet how much better we all would be for the work...An intelligent heartfelt write!



Thank you very much.

jademelissa74 commented on Of This World I am Not


Such passionate write should be read by thousands, especially those whose spiritual state is abandoned. I love the imagery and the sharp hint of spice that you always seem to add. You are an incredible writer Charlie!



Thank you. That is kind of you to say .

HarverTomsson commented on Of This World I am Not


Sorry, it should read "so evocative", not "to".............



Got it.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30