These Are The Things...

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These Are The Things...


These are the things that make me sad:

The abuse of a child, it's innocence shorn,
A broken marriage irreconcilably torn.
Family dysfunction, a societal thorn,
A public malfunction, a break from the norm.
Hunger or starvation in any form,
The face of frustration, lost and forlorn.
Mass destruction from a devastating storm.
An animal's pain, so helplessly worn,
Man's disregard for land where he was born.
Wasteful consumption with no burden borne.
The fall and demise from social scorn,
The anguish of death we all learn to mourn.

These are the things that make me glad:

Beating the odds when the chips are down,
A miraculous win in a sports crazed town.
The beauty of nature, it's wonders abound,
Seeing the world, each experience profound.
A baby's smile and first steps around,
An animal's birth, no words can be found,
A cool summer rain; shaped cumulus clouds,
A fresh snowy day, earth's blanketed shroud.
Recognition of feats that make men proud,
Evil's defeat, dispensed without sound.
The preservation of hallowed ground,
The grace of God and his merciful crown.

These are the things that I find are bad:

Blatant cruelty, acts wantonly unfair,
Flagrant destruction that others don't dare.
Malicious hate, wars wrought with despair,
Selfish debates by those who won't share.
Arrogant leaders who act unaware,
Those that can't wait to get anywhere.
Outright disrespect for who got you there,
Cold hearted neglect for those with burdens to bear.
Those that cheat, lie and steal to get everywhere,
Who deny and conceal their criminal affairs.
The brandishing of guns with extreme lack of care,
The embellishment of funds for personal flair.

These are the things that I wish I had:

The ability to create total Peace on Earth,
Honor all good men and all that they're worth.
The moral conviction to prod the inert,
The pastoral connection for a spiritual rebirth.
A billion dollars to fight famine and thirst,
The power to heal, provide shoes, clothes and work.
Infinite wisdom with the power to avert,
Natural disasters that wreak havoc and hurt.
A way to comfort all those that feel cursed.
A place to rest when things seem their worst.
The means to prosper, entertain and traverse,
The power to conquer all that ails the universe.


Copyright © September 2009
Kevin Mooney

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connsk8 commented on These Are The Things...

10-12-2009

What a huge heart you have, I agree with all that you wrote and if you ever need help doing these things, I will volunteer beside you...

SavVySam commented on These Are The Things...

10-10-2009

You've covered it all in the scope of this verse! Kudos, for saying like it is! "All things are possible to he who believes." *I have to give props to your word choice and rhyme! Woot-as my daughter would say! Thanks for sharing!

mdpoetgirl commented on These Are The Things...

10-08-2009

Amazingly thought out and put together. I share much of your sentiment in this poem. If only we had the power to do some of the things you mention here... but good thing that's left up to God. I think we might make a real mess of things... Great job!

rougepriest commented on These Are The Things...

10-06-2009

wow masterful! unique way you rhyme each section cant say ive ever seen that before. must have taken some time,I loved it.

ginga commented on These Are The Things...

10-05-2009

Mooney, You have covered all the bases with perfect rhyme oh so sublime. This is truly phenomenal. Your ability to list all these issues is commendable. (if interested I have posted a new nature poem, Goodnight!) ginga

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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