Humanity

Humanity

A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen

Humanity

What lays beneath the depth of such emotions

as can render adult hearts to aspic,

cause knees to buckle

with the weakness of surrender,

and enslave the soul in chains of dreams?

What mystery inspires such eloquence

to flow from the poet’s pen

or insatiate the ardent suitor’s lips

to spill sweet, romantic syllables?

What wonder does cause the musician

to play a solo symphony?

or the painter to choose

the oils for his canvas well?

What feelings lead a man

to slaughter his neighbour

for the colour of his skin

or leave the raped and starving child

to learn that no one really cares?

 

25/01/13


© 2013 John Alexander McFadyen



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yes so sad but honest

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

We often ignore the truth Carol. Many thanks!
This is deep, strong words. And no one really cares.

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

You are right as everyone is just caught up in their own needs
Junert

4 Years Ago

Yeah. And even they do care, you're never their first priority.
I loved the theme a lot, the last three lines were very powerful indeed indeed.
Great job

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

thank you Dalia
Dalia

4 Years Ago

You are more than welcome
this poem, is very evocative, of just how heart-wrenching and evil one can be. amazing use of rhythm and fluidity. "humanity" -- you definitely captured the horrifying imagery of the dark side of the moon, of humanity. wonderfully penned, John!

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Thank you so much Barrie.
ms. barrie

4 Years Ago

you're very welcome, John :)
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There is no more deadly weapon than words. Nor is there a quicker way to mend the havoc we create. Humanity needs to speak only when spoken to and learn to keep its big mouth shut unless it has something nice to say. A great concept, Sir John.

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

My humble thanks my Lady.
OMG!! So amazing and painful ! unfortunately its a fact !

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Thank you Hadeel.
So true John, we could do so much good yet human are capable of such evil too.

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Yes a curious double sided coin.
emily dickinson once said "words have the power to heal or the power to kill"

but we seem to be subject to our emotions...they lie just beneath and when they surface anything can happen.

we surely get tossed around in life...and can only hope that love wins out in our choice.

jacob

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Thank you Jacob
a poem with a honourable, noble message. I agree and like what you write.

Posted 4 Years Ago


This is epic John, dare I say one of your more emotive writes to date, although they all slay me. Most compelling read. Bravo.

Posted 4 Years Ago



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