The Cry of the Obvious
I am just one voice
Crying for humanity.
Raging in the world of
Anger and pain and violence.
There are many more voices,
Louder than mine,
Who come from wealth and power,
Who will tell you
That the way we live is right.
I am just one voice,
Crying for humanity,
Saying, it is not.
Audio and Comment-
Whew! This is pretty heavy stuff. I wrote this particular poem when the US invaded Iraq in 2003. It was such a depressing episode in our history. We, citizens of the US, were being convinced of something that wasn't true. We were told by our leaders that war was the right for our country. But, those actions were a power play and one way or another that war has continued until today. Change we must.
I was talking with a dear friend yesterday and we commented about how wretched the world is these days. (Not very nice tea talk, I must say.) Mankind has made it bad and in many ways continues to do so. If you read my writing at all, you will know that i think we humans are a pretty sorry lot. But, to counter that, I always write that there is hope. And, I believe it.
Here is also what I'm going with. We are getting better. Ever since the Homo sapiens started beating up on the Cro-magnon, man has taken what he wanted and destroyed that which was in the way. Mankind has used up resources, waged war almost constantly and taken over the planet in a way that is despicable. Much of man's actions were performed in the name of God, for heaven's sake. But yes, I do think there is hope.
Allow me to point out the bright side of things. Most of these advances have come in the last 200 years. And, I figure that since these are very recent changes in man's belief system, I think that we are improving quickly at this point.
- For the first time in our history, we humans believe that slavery is not right.
- The great majority of us believe that women and children are not property.
- The great majority of us believe that women are equal to men.
- The majority of people believe that homosexuals are not evil sinners.
- The majority of us believe that democracy is the best way to govern.
- Our education is better than ever.
- Our health is better than ever.
- Our technology is better and more helpful than ever.
- Knowledge can be universal.
Open Studios of Beavercreek - Coming Soon!
Bring your friends and please join us June 12, 13, 14th for the Open Studios of Beavercreek Art Tour. It is a wonderful scenic drive in the country where local artists open their studios for customers who are looking for that perfect piece of art that will enhance their lives.
This year we will be joined by Chelsea Madison, leather artist. You won't want to miss her special brand of artistry, especially the leather cuffs/bracelets. Also the Earlene Grey library of books has been expanded for your pleasure. You might like a special reading of the new work. There are new books, CDs and cards to choose from. AND we will have special pricing! When you buy three books, you will get the fourth one free!
You can just download the map at www.OpenStudiosofBeavercreek.com and start the tour anywhere on the drive. Our stop is number eleven on the map. There will be tea and cookies, of course! We would love to see you there!
See you and your friends at the Open Studios of Beavercreek. skp