People are people

People are people

A Poem by Sami Khalil
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People are People                by Sami Khalil



To the drums of roaring wars, people huddle together.

Facing signs of death, cling softly to each other.

Going through pandemics, forewarn the healthy and fallen troupe.

Weighing bitter failures, blame one another with hefty swipes.

To the sight of ferocious wolves, scatter away.

Sensing storms on the horizon, hunker down with fragile hearts.

By shuddering fears, stroking its hair, drag the more ignorant in steady waves.

In lonely depression, shun the market, miss the target, defraying anxiety for another day.

Indifferent to rumbling trains, cradle the slipping past in lost miles, beneath tottering feet.

May curse darkness but sleep soundly on king-size beds.

Eye an unfinished painting, awe-struck, with restless discontent.

Oblivious to the poor, compassion mizzles naught in their being.

Defined by the rat race, one-upmanship is embraced with unflinching loyalty.

Such are people! Such is our nature! Such is our times!

Time slows to capture the perfect moment; life is all its wonders. Without pretension, doubt takes no hold. Without disbelief, mystery holds to nothing else existed but the sacred lost and found in nested homes among blankets of forage.

We need balance, parlance and maintenance.

We need love, peace and joy. We need beacons, not bullets.

 

© 2020 Sami Khalil


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To me, your poem illustrates the contrast between when we look at a person or a small gathering of people -- which is when we can still sense the humanity of each one -- and the way we perceive group behaviors -- lumping everyone into a mindset that serves an agenda, often to malign the group. Sometimes it seems the public discourse is a big jumble of reactions, whereas your poem seems to be urging us to consider people as the diverse beings they are . . . not lumping together with labels & generalizations . . . but seeing that each one is a unique bundle of ideas & beliefs (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Week Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Week Ago

Whoa. Hi Margie. So true and well said. I totally agree with your wonderful take on this poem. Thank.. read more
barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Just yesterday I got a bowl full of huge strawberries, a handful of just-picked raspberries, two lit.. read more
Sami Khalil

1 Week Ago

Little things can bring much joys for they do not have to be grand things. Enjoy while you can...
yes we are. this reads like a manifesto of the human condition. the more time that passes, seems like mankind is regressing. we cling to the wrong things that seem infallible and that society tries to shove down our throats. when the wheels come off hidden things are exposed and can get ugly. interesting times we are living in. love and respect endure though and are indestructible. when will we ever learn (maybe never) ... :)

"Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked." - Warren Buffett

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Weeks Ago

Hi Pete. I can't agree more dear sir. And that quote is so true. I'm so thankful for the visit and e.. read more
From this, Oblivious to the poor, compassion mizzles naught in their being. - Defined by the rat race, one-upmanship is embraced with unflinching loyalty. - Such are people! Such is our nature! Such is our times! ' to : ' We need balance, parlance and maintenance. - We need love, peace and joy. We need beacons, not bullets.'

How true.. how wrong to right is that.. how movingly aware.. how inspiring.. VITALLY. how gentle the finish. Life has been anguished bewilderment to and for so many in history.. not least in recent history when divides have become immoral. Perhaps, though a tragedy to say the least, the pandemic we're ALL suffering will make people realise that we are ALL THE SAME, inside out Such a powerful piece of writing, Sami.. forgive me for taking up so much room.. thoughts are running off and away..

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

Hi Emma Joy. You can take all the room or space you like for you speak the truth in many marvelous w.. read more
emmajoy

3 Weeks Ago

You're so welcome, Sami - it set thoughts off and away; but have said too much, perhaps come back t.. read more
Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

:::::::)))))))))
This is wonderful Sami...an understanding poem that shows another side to humanity...so beautifully said :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Hi Ruth. I'm so glad you came back after a long hiatus. You bring so much to us. Thank you so much. .. read more
An appropriate title with a satisfactory stuff... Strong and deep messages are conveyed through this piece... Brilliantly penned,,, looking forward to read some more of your work. Keep writing !!

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Hi Abhishek. I find it an honor to have visited my page and joyride for my readers to enjoy my thoug.. read more
Abhishek Asthana

2 Months Ago

You are welcome
Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

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Rye
YES!! So very true, I love your last line, I get so tired of hearing people shooting each other. Wonderfully written

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Hi Rye. Thank you so much for this lovely review and kind words. I'm pleased you like this write.
You have nicely depicted the ongoing pandemic and how it is influencing people.
I understand it is a great opportunity for all people to learn and leave a lesson for the people of future.
You rightly pointed out that people need beacon ,not bullet.But,the irony is the power figures determine what the people will get in return.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

We are glad to have you back. You are a family. Gracie Mille....
zainul

2 Months Ago

I am very pleased to be among my friends here.It is really our family.Stay blessed always.
Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

It is indeed. Peace, love and harmony...
Truly a message more of us need to hear and understand... well done!

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Hi Travis. Million thank yous for taking the time to visit and share. May you be blessed.
Beacons, not bullets. That is wonderful Samil and so very catchy. Most memorable. In these dreadful circumstances, many of us have the opportunity to stay at home with those in our household and keep safe. An opportunity to slow down, to do all those chores we have been putting off for ever. And then there are those on the frontline who are working in dire circumstances to keep people alive, to stock our food shops with food and to carry on with essential services for the benefit of all. What a contrast. Hardly any balance there is there? I hope beyond all hope that when we are through this, we will be so much kinder to one another and really appreciate those who served us as we all strive again for some normality. A thought provoking write. Keep safe my friend.

Chris

Posted 2 Months Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

Hi Christine. I love your message and your compassion towards humanity. It is indeed as you say. Als.. read more

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