DO YOU ?

DO YOU ?

A Poem by Ellen Hammond


DO YOU ?

 

This world seems cold, full of evil and hate;
Causing us to tremble.....ponder our fate.
Many look around for someone to blame,
Listen to the news, searching for a name.

Here's a novel thought, you'll not like to hear.
Turn off that TV!.....Now look in the mirror.
"Who me?  Well I never!" you start to say.
"How could I lead the whole world astray?"

These questions, for all of us, not just you.
Look closer at the things you fail to do.
Do you let love flow out to all you meet?
Are you rich, knowing some have bugs to eat?

 

 

Do you always use your God-given brain?
Think for yourself...even on the 'soul train'?
Do you speak out, when injustice you see?
Or hunch your shoulders, "It's not up to me!"

Do you stand and leave, or stay in the pew,
When you see it's fear and hatred they spew?
Do you simply accept what  others say?
Blame all our ills on those who are gay?

Down through the ages with religious zeal,
Others, judged 'n condemned, with no appeal.
Who'll become the next victims of this age?
Ridiculed...scorned...downtrodden by rage.

 


Minorities, oft the scapegoats of choice,
Ignorance and fear grant evil a voice.
That voice, from a pulpit, stirs up a crowd,
Making them think such judging is allowed.

History attests to these shameful truths,
In witch-hunts 'n wars, we slaughter our youths. 
When you point a finger.....try it.....it's true,
There's always three pointing right back at you.

Don't sit there quiet, get down on your knees,
Your silence implies....with them you agree.
Casting stones, as tossed boomerangs, my friend,
Will find their way back to you, in the end.

 


(c)Ellen Hammond



© 2009 Ellen Hammond



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This was very deep! The scary part about this piece is that its so true.

"Look closer at the things you fail to do.
Do you let love flow out to all you meet?
Are you rich, knowing some have bugs to eat?"

"Ignorance and fear grant evil a voice.
That voice, from a pulpit, stirs up a crowd,
Making. them think such judging is allowed."

You hit some very pressing issues in our society...I just want to thank you for writing this!



Posted 8 Years Ago


6 of 6 people found this review constructive.




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I was shocked to see the date this was written. It's amazing how true this is even today. Not a lot has changed, has it?

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ellen Hammond

1 Month Ago

Thanks for taking time to read and leave a comment. You are so right. If anything, I think this ma.. read more
Vincent 1952 motorcycle Black Lighting, mama rock me, Don't think twice , you might be right, duty look to curiosity,teach it,"Curiosity" youth will fail, then learn and truth is I am old, decentralize, look to your twelve, Put your our dollars where we can see em, spend em local,walk to a quiet rhythm, Flat dance,read out loud at a walk in the classroom , Irish Writers, they will hand out the keys.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I was once asked if i could rid the world of one thing what would it be..answer "RELIGION"

Posted 3 Years Ago


Ellen Hammond

3 Years Ago

I can understand that. There is a vast difference between faith and religion. Religion tends to ca.. read more
Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

I agree totally
Reading your work takes me in your world and all i find there is beautiful peace for lost soul, what a way of educating your readers with words of wisdom. This for sure is not an any easy write, one can feel the effort the dedication to spread awareness, world and all who read this neatly crafted piece of art will be asking themselves many questions after reading your work..

It is so easy to blame others, rather being part or getting involved to do something about it. If I only change myself half of the problem is sort out! Wonderful eye opening piece.
Keep on writing you truly are God gifted my friend, consider me a true fan of your daring, honest and raw work. Respect!

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ellen Hammond

3 Years Ago

Thank you for such an insightful review. I don't often rant like this but felt it was time for peop.. read more
A. Amos

3 Years Ago

I love it, I think enough is enough world need to open their eyes and understand; this life is just .. read more
This is so, so lovely Ellen. I am so glad to have discovered your wonderful poetry

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ellen Hammond

3 Years Ago

Thank you. So glad you enjoyed reading my rant. lol
as ICE said...scary because this is all truth...something was happening in the sixties, but it never quite came to fruition....but yes, we need to look in our own backyards to see that apathy rules, and that we are too busy sitting in judgement of others to get our own moral, ethical and logical feet moving in the right direction.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ellen Hammond

3 Years Ago

I guess for many it is more comfortable to point a finger at others rather than look too closely at .. read more
Very introspective for all of us. Nice question to ask without being pretentious. Very meaningful write

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

A thought provoking piece...A wonderfully written poem with a great message...i love the ending...

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

"All evil needs
Is a single person
To stand still and do nothing
Allowing for its spread throughout the land."

Sadly, i know first hand, the power of ignorance and hate has, upon the human race. Your poetic rant speaks with the power of truth and honour, in its message. Thank you, for sharing this very powerful and wise poem with us.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Ellen Hammond

Saint John, N.B., Bay of Fundy , Canada



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