Black and White and Sometimes Gray

Black and White and Sometimes Gray

A Poem by Prototato
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A spoken word about life

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We are born with empathy. With the ability to feel, and therefore relate to how others feel.
We are born into a world that frowns upon feeling, frowns upon helping others and forces your hand against your better judgement and morals. It can morph them, alter them in ways that you couldn't imagine now and couldn't imagine without then.
We are all made from the same thing, whether we're talking about living cells, protons and neutrons, or even based on whtaever stars made when they lost their extensive lives. And yet we can't seem to help one another. When many people see someone in need, they ignore it. They have to further their own goals before they can help anyone else.

And then there are the few who can't fight the bond they feel with others, the need to help one another out. These people are few and far between, but when they see someone in need, they always help.
When they see a student walking down the hall, their eyes dark and near-lifeless, hoping for one more spark to rekindle their flame, they feel the urge to go to them and give them a burning log to add to.

But society itself has altered, and thus this aspect of life has, as well.

Today, that student becomes lifeless.
They become lifeless because giving them a burning log, or even a spark, means that your own fire would go out due to splashes of scorn and the spread of the viscous disease of depression. They're afraid to aide those who meed it badly.

But there are the few who feel enough to want to help, to want to walk right up to that person, introduce themselves, and shove their kindling together - to share a passion with them.

When they see those needy people, their instincts take over and their misery is shoved aside to make room for one more soul in their internal infirmary. Their passion easily reignites all around them, and the flames created spread as a wildfire of wonder, encouraging all.

And then there are those who are willing to give all they have to boost the fire, but all they have is a bucket of water and problems that will not stay caged. So they pour the water on their own fire so they can use the bucket to make sparks for others. Their flames never to be rekindled, they go to as many people as they can before they run out of smoke and steam to keep running.

Like me.

© 2017 Prototato


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This is well written. It's full of love and truth, concerning the need to be loving and helpful towards others.
I see you having talent as a motivational speaker. This piece is such a heartfelt compassionate call out to humanity for love's sake.

But I will be honest with you in saying that this would be characterised as a story rather than a poem.
A poem needs structure and rhythm and a controlled length of lines.
I am giving you a friendly advice as a fellow writer, because we're here to help each other.
But the present piece is written in prose.
I am convinced that you have an amazing talent and you speak straight from the heart with love and truth and compassion.

There's always room for learning: Please go to your local library and order a poetry book, and you'll learn from other published poets.

WELL DONE


Posted 2 Years Ago


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I liked this..But to be honest it doesn't seem like a poem to me rather it was an article..I think you might have categorized it under poem by mistake..But as far as the content is concerned , the way you wrote it , I felt as if an experienced writer who has been writing for ages wrote it..You are indeed talented as a writer and I must say what you portrayed in this writing is actually reality..You know really people who want to help someone are very less..Today people are so busy in their lives that they just don't care about others..In fact , I feel that all relationships are becoming more formal now...I liked the overall theme of this poem..Great read..
Keep writing..

Posted 2 Years Ago


This is well written. It's full of love and truth, concerning the need to be loving and helpful towards others.
I see you having talent as a motivational speaker. This piece is such a heartfelt compassionate call out to humanity for love's sake.

But I will be honest with you in saying that this would be characterised as a story rather than a poem.
A poem needs structure and rhythm and a controlled length of lines.
I am giving you a friendly advice as a fellow writer, because we're here to help each other.
But the present piece is written in prose.
I am convinced that you have an amazing talent and you speak straight from the heart with love and truth and compassion.

There's always room for learning: Please go to your local library and order a poetry book, and you'll learn from other published poets.

WELL DONE


Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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What you write of here is the gift of being self less; helping out others with no regard for self. It is a very noble character trait to have and indeed in short supply in this fast paced, selfish world.

What i do know is that the self-less are the one's who spread joy and happiness throughout the world and often at their own expense. And that is because they are full of strength within.

Keep being self less. It is the best one can be.

A deeply thoughtful write. Musings on life and the worth of heart and soul in a selfish world.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

It talks about the current issues we society are dealing with as we all have this one perspective of how we should be

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I really like this, and great use of metaphors! This is an excellent piece, and it really tells about the problems with society.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

wow D this is really neat work
epic piece K.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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