By Apoetic1


Photo credit: Kevin Carter, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Photo credit: Kevin Carter, Pulitzer Prize Winner


My position is grave.
Skin pinned to these walls
that keep chanting “slave.”
Spirit pulled low,
in spite of my levity,
as this world misbehaves.

Hazy is the universe,
with grief-stricken eyes
and a heart without verse.
Got these chains
hanging on words ‘cause
this “freedom’s” cursed.

Light shines above.
Face pressed to earth,
I can’t reach for love.
Dove of peace, pray
nest in these souls
that wear hate’s glove.

Cards dealt dirty…
From nations to rations,
why’d karma rebirth me?
Embraced one nature,
glorious now painted evil,
discredited from worthy.

The gaze of vultures,
breaking apart humanity,
raping the truth of cultures;
injects fear and dissonance.
Histories lost aren’t enough,
they’re slaughtering futures.


  1. With all the depth in this poem, it’s interesting to me that the line that really knocked me over was, “a heart without verse.” Such a world that we live in, with so much potential for good, it always amazes me our willingness to leave each other in struggle – not just struggle, but as you say, “breaking apart humanity, raping the truth of cultures.”

    1. I’m not too surprised, given your verses come from your heart. Writer… singer… meditator… verse is an integral part of your being. To have no verse would be like silencing your heart, your essence. Makes perfect sense to me why that line gets you. 😀

        1. Likewise. It’s been a little crazy on my end the past several months. A lot of significant changes have happened in a short period of time. I’m adapting… 🙂 … and trying not to over think what’s next.

    1. Thank you for commenting. Yes, we live in tragic times. Children… men… women… hate and greed takes everyone down in one way or another. This week, a beloved sheriff’s sergeant in our community was assassinated by a young burglar. The sergeant was going to retire next year, after 30 yrs of exemplary service & working throughout the community with troubled youth. Every race, gender, culture & status are effected by evil acts… of course, some more than others… but we all experience & hurt from it in some manner.

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