We Don't Live

We Don't Live

A Poem by ReedWrite
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Deep thoughts for a Friday

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We don’t live our lives in black and white,

Or at least, we were never meant to.

The world’s alive with a vibrant energy,

Full of people that pulse in every hue.

 

We don’t live our lives inside a box,

Or at least, that was never the plan.

The world’s a kaleidoscope of individuality,

As unique as a snowflake, or grain of sand.

 

We don’t live our lives immersed in hate,

Or at least, love's supposed to conquer all.

Still we bury our conscience and carry on,

Unaware we're headed for the ultimate fall.



© 2017 ReedWrite



Author's Note

ReedWrite
Not sure what I'm trying to say here...the words are in my head, trying to get out...this is pretty rough atm. :)

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I taught U.S. history for quite a few years. I always tried to stress the strengths that are to be found in individuals, no matter what race, religion, ethnic background, that have contributed to our great nation. I always had difficulty with the calling of America ,"The Great Melting Pot."

I felt a "melting pot" reduces all the elements in it to the lowest common denominator. Instead I tried to portray us as a gigantic mosaic where each group brings their uniqueness and through all of it manifests a "work of art" a 'nation' the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Posted 10 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

10 Months Ago

Great way to look at it...a gigantic mosaic. Thank you for the read and review.
Dave

10 Months Ago

You are more than welcome. I expect to be reading more of your writing.



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LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! This is a great message, much needed in our current world of strife & division. I like the way you start each stanza with a statement, then you kinda walk it back a little in the next line, & finally the last two lines of every stanza paint a picture of a deeper meaning. I love it when a poet crafts a message with parallel structure, like this . . . making variations on a theme which go together well & show a different viewpoint.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

7 Months Ago

TY Barleygirl!
Your reviews are always so rich and meaningful. You see people's work through .. read more
quite deep. thought provoking. there are no absolutes - we're all mixed bags. love survives because that is they way it was meant to be - no good thing ever dies. hate does not survive. we carry on being who & what we are in love and that is the essence of life, unique ...

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

8 Months Ago

You are wise, Pete...and I agree with those words. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment.
To me, this piece speaks of the beauty within the various shades of life. We're all connected, like pieces of a puzzle, trying to fit together and form one beautiful image, but nevertheless, we're all different pieces.
I will admit, though, that you lost me at the last line, but the overall essence of the piece still bleeds through clearly, especially with the smooth, unforced rhyme to aid in the readability.
Thank you for sharing.

- William Liston

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

8 Months Ago

Thank you, William. I appreciate your comments.
you are the most vibrant writer i must say.
such a wonderful thought it is that you expressed.
beautiful and true.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

8 Months Ago

Thank you, Wajiha!
Appreciate your review.
Wajiha Nayeem

8 Months Ago

pleasure was all mine..
we are all like puzzle pieces that come together as a whole but sometimes the puzzle is broken but comes together again and again nice work poet.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

9 Months Ago

So true. Thanks for dropping in to read it, Andrew!
"The world’s a kaleidoscope of individuality,
As unique as a snowflake, or grain of sand."

Those two lines alone could stand on their own merit! And the photo gives great impact to your words!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

9 Months Ago

Thank you so much, Kelly. Appreciate your review.
Well put together and quite thought provoking. Thank you for sharing:)

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

9 Months Ago

Thank you, Troy!
If everyone felt alone and isolated in a crowd, the intensity of denial radiated between each of us would blot out our individuality, as we had all succumbed to ‘sameness’! Thank heavens for diversity, well highlighted within the poetic contents of your write … well done my friend!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

9 Months Ago

Thank you so much, Phill. Appreciate you taking time to read and comment.
Simply put, this is an excellent poem, I really enjoyed it! :D

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

9 Months Ago

Thanks so much, Sami!
I like poetry like this one. Had the feel of a John Donne poem. He asked questions and didn't tell.
"We don’t live our lives immersed in hate,
Or at least, it's said, only love survives.
Don't bury your conscience, and carry on,
Unaware…we don’t really LIVE our lives."
The above lines were solid. But I believe. We decide our journey. Bad or good. Good life, good decisions lead to okay life. And follow your mind and heart. Not the sheep. Thank you my friend for sharing the amazing poetry. You reached your goal. Made the reader think.
Coyote

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

10 Months Ago

Thank you, Coyote! Your reviews are always so deeply thought out and touching. You see beyond the wo.. read more
Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

A powerful poem and you are welcome my friend.

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ReedWrite

Omaha, NE



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After a decade trapped by distractions, I'm pursuing my passion once again. I come from a military background...a Navy brat...and my father (now deceased) and brother, are both published writers...so .. more..

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