What if?

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Inspired by Lennon's Imagine....

What if?


What if there was no more hate,
No guns or knives or swords?
No violence or anger, rage or rape,
No more such thing as war.
What if there was no more crime,
No dying in the streets?
No more stealing or vandalizing,
No robbers, thieves or cheats?
What if there were no need for jails,
No prisons, just empty cells?
What if incarcerated men and females,
Found reason to make peace with themselves.
What if there were no more disasters,
No death-tolls from famine or disease?
What if there were no more terrorist attacks,
No killing at home or overseas?
What if there were no more rich or poor,
No social class tension or strain?
What if there were no struggles for,
Political dominance or gain?
What if everyone shared what they had,
Weren't concerned with their own wealth or fame?
What if they gave to those otherwise sad,
To ease their less fortunate pain?
What if there were no hunger or starvation,
Food hording, destroying or waste?
What if third world countries or nations,
Were afforded a bit more than a taste.
What if every man, woman and child,
Could think for themselves and decide?
What if one's rights were never on trial,
No more suicide or genocide?
What if there existed systems of health care,
Available economically for everyone?
What if those systems were always there,
For those chronically in need of them?
What if everyone had a nice place to live,
Their own shelter from heat, cold and storms?
Kitchens to cook in, mirrors to look in,
Soft beds to sleep tucked in and warm?
What if everyone had clothes on their backs,
Hats, coats and comfortable shoes?
What if there were nothing folks ever lacked,
Except all the depressing bad news?
What if winning didn't mean everything,
It was okay to have fun and lose?
What if those wronged weren't bent on suing, 
Didn't point fingers and accuse?
What if the world joined together and sang,
Any old song they could find?
What if the world's church bells all rang,
All at one synchronized time.
What if all children laughed and played,
Together in a virtual play-land?
What if musicians all joined for a day
In a worldwide symphonic band?
What if we all had convenient access,
To churches, education and schools?
What if every child were obedient and confessed,
Their respect and abidance toward rules.
What if learning was real, not conceived?
We all could read, write and do math.
Intelligence put there for all to achieve?
So each could create his own path.
What if there wasn't anything at all,
That restricted men's desires and abilities,
To establish themselves and be who they are,
To live happy, healthy and free?
What if the world was just a better place,
Full of love, peace and sweet harmony?
What if we all just became friends,
A one world, international family?
What if it all were suddenly replaced,
With Lennon's Utopian dream?
Wouldn't it be that One better place,
He Imagined so eloquently?
What if mankind could only see,
How perfect that One world could be?

What if it was up to me?




Copyright © May 2010
Kevin Mooney 

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ansari commented on What if?

05-29-2010

Evil, Greed, Injustice, Intolerance etc are the realities...the good, justice, fair play , sharing , love etc are the yearnings . You've out poured the emotions we are all bottling up,, hoping for a better tomorrow. A great poem.

Papa commented on What if?

05-23-2010

Lennon imagined no Heaven. What if there were no Heaven, wouldn't that just be hell? Nothing to live or die for.

Olan01 commented on What if?

05-22-2010

If it were up to you or me; we would live in a world of pure love, peace and freedom, may it be so. Olan

786mona commented on What if?

05-11-2010

wow, wow, and wow!! i am speechless! great write! i give you 10:) please keep up the good work:)

poetheart87 commented on What if?

05-10-2010

I loved this poem, it has a sense of yearning, a soul that is lost. It was quite beautiful and very moving. Good write

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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