What Good Does Activism Do? One Poetic View

Jody Williams - Nobel Peace Prize Winner on Activism

You too can win a prize of peace...Write about it, Volunteer for it...Or help someone who will...Just Do it!

There comes a time for action and the pen is the actuator.
There comes a time for action and the pen is the actuator.

What Good Does It Do...

to birth the infant,

only to feed it pesticide filled food?

What good does it do to vote,

only to return to the ego of our division?

What good does it do to stroke a check for the cause,

only to return to the greed which plunders our children?

What good does it do to encourage the fight for justice,

only to sit back and wager on the destruction of the weak?

What good does it do to say I love you in betrothal,

only to feign the demonstration to your mistress?

Isn’t it better to vote and act in the ways of honor?

To be vigilant on the issues of life

Isn’t it better to fund the project for healing?

And work in earnest to insure it’s mindfully spent

Isn’t it better to seek to understand the battles we wage?

Than to be one who profits from the losses of our planet

Isn’t it better to mean I love you?

Than surrender it to the hypocrisy of foolish verbiage

We can be aware and not act, yes we can walk away

We can think and feel and still turn our heads

We can act as if we are living,

We can be anything we choose!

We can also be conscious of living to the full

We can act in the interest of all peoples

We can be anything we choose!

We can recognize hope in the action of being…one

May Peace abound in your heart, in your mind, in our world!

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Your Comments are always welcomed! 11 comments

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Bruce, there are no appropriate option for voting on this poem so I voted it straight across the board with the exception of funny. It is soulful and filled with good intent and the best part of all...passion. I applaud you with a standing ovation. You have no idea how happy I am to have crossed paths with you here on HP. For those of who care, a little validation that caring matters ges a long way. You did that for me today and I hope in turn, you also feel validated in your desire to make the world a better place. You certainly have enough "want to" to get it done. I am sharing this on all my networks. I hope you get more readers and comments than you can handle.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank You Linda,

I am grateful for your heartfelt comments. But most of all your validation of my intent to be a part of humanity warms my heart. As grateful as I am, the proof is in the pudding and what would warm my heart even more is helping others see that they can do virtually everything they desire. They greatest feeling in the world is when you see the light go on!

Thank you Linda for being a part of this life!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Basically - can we be honorable and compassionate - like we're supposed to be as evolved human beings? Great insight into the not always pretty heart of humanity Bruce ...

"Isn’t it better to seek to understand the battles we wage?

Than to be one who profits from the losses of our planet" - Amazing words, my friend..

up and sharing forward..


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks Leslie,

If the wake up call isn't heard soon there won't be a need for room service! LOL

I know there are people who get it. I don't understand why we're in this 50/50 split we're in. Perhaps we should initiate a compassionate kindergarten for corporate adults, teaching everyone how to get along? Weeeeeeeeeee! Okay, too much to ask, I know!

You're putting out great stuff girl...keep it up!


thechronicler 4 years ago

"We can be aware and not act, yes we can walk away

We can think and feel and still turn our heads"

Powerful words, and so true! How many people see injustice and suffering, yet they do nothing? Their excuses are often "It's not my business/problem," or "The issue's too big for me to make any difference anyway." I think this kind of apathy is a major problem, and less of it would be one of the first steps in the right direction.

Wonderful poem--voted up!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

We always have to be vigilant......always searching for answers to what needs change. We can never give up and must believe there is always hope. ...as long as we keep on keeping up!!.....UP+++


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you thechronicler!

W. Clement Stone confirmed your feelings when he said, “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

In 2001 I lost everything. My job, my home, my family, because I didn't know how to care! One day shortly after that I renamed myself and renewed my life. That's the short version of my moniker. If I can do it, anyone can!

Thank you for being!

Sincerely,

Bruce


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Paula,

Thank you for the comment you made here and on Ghost32's hub about 50 Caliber's passing. We will all miss him. I think he exemplified what I'm trying to say here. He stood in harms way and was also wise enough to know when to take a different route. We'll all miss him and yet, because of his life this us, we'll be able to live an active, or even an activist's life.

I so appreciate you! Your family at home and our family here are very, very lucky to have you!

Peace be with you!

Bruce


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Paula,

Thank you for the comment you made here and on Ghost32's hub about 50 Caliber's passing. We will all miss him. I think he exemplified what I'm trying to say here. He stood in harms way and was also wise enough to know when to take a different route. We'll all miss him and yet, because of his life this us, we'll be able to live an active, or even an activist's life.

I so appreciate you! Your family at home and our family here are very, very lucky to have you!

Peace be with you!

Bruce


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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Very well said Born to Care... I mean to put a serious message in a poetry from and carry it off so well.

And I agree that the pen IS mighty!!!

Great write my friend.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Humbly, I thank you Laurinzo!

We are spiritual beings living a human existence, the best expression of which, in my humble opinion, is to be at peace with ourselves and know there is a purpose for each of us. I accept yours, Laurinzo, whatever it is and ask that you live it wholeheartedly. Our planet is depending on you!

Make your pen and your sword mean something!

Thank you very much for reading and for commenting!

Sincerely,

Bruce

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