Mans´Inhumanity To Man

innocent, average brothers and sister
innocent, average brothers and sister

Where have all the flowers gone?

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time ago.

Where have all the young men gone?

Gone to graveyards everywhere.

When will they ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

.................................................................................

Flower power song from the 60s,

springs to my mind today.

Young men sent far away to fight,

They don´t seem to have a ´say´

So we pray.


Boys and young men who don´t go to war

Do they do good things with their lives?

Or do they descend on harmless young lads?

Every punch, every kick is a prize.

And we pray.


If God is watching , where was he today?

Did he see the boots fiercely kick?

Did God see my boy with broken jaw for no reason?

Did he see the thugs running away?

Now I pray.


A hardworking lad walking home to his wife

and wanting to see his small baby.

Gets kicked with a malice that springs up from what?

Because thugs that they are have no life.

Are they jealous?


Is it evil within that they see no sin

in the pastimes that they have chosen?

Or are they so dense, that they have no sense

no conscience, no guilt, no care and no hope

So we pray.


How can we NOT pray for delinquents galore?

Humans can do nothing with them.

The flowers have gone,

The soldiers are dying.

yet for these bullies, we pray.


What will it take for a villain to change?

Vindictive, ferocious young men

Can they be taught... The Golden Rule?

What they´ve done could be done unto them.!!!

But we pray.


The Golden Rule was not meant for revenge,

God´s way teaches kindness and love,

but forgiveness is hard,when your child is the victim

Vengance must come from above

So we pray.


We pray for the contemptable,

we pray for self control.

We pray that God will intervene

before this world is no more............








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Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Heart wrenching poetry that also shows glimmer of hope. Your photos are beautiful.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

So niceto see you on my page, Binaya,.

Thank you very much for such a lovely comment.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Bullies and thugs are cowards in a state of nature. Real men stand up for the weak, innocent and their fellow humans. As for conflicts around this world; General Robert E. Lee once said: "It is good war is so terrible, lest we grow to fond of it." And I believe that no Angel or Alien is going to save us when the power to do so is already within us. Thank you for this extraordinary poem Dim. The pics are very special too.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you for such a great comment, Alastar.

Thank you for reminding me that bullies are also cowards. and thank you for all your support and encouragement.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

"We pray that God will intervene..." God bless you dear Dim.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you for all your support, Micky. You know how it feels. You´d rather take the pain yourself than see your child suffer.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Dim wonderful pictures, handsome lad indeed. Yes the world is a very dangerous place and it's getting worse by the day. I to have a 17 yr old son living with me and he to was attacked and the side of his face puffed up and it took a few days for the swelling to go away.

He was attacked by bullies on the street. He knows of his Dad's childhood and he is aware of the beatings I took and gave back out. However I preach peace now and not war on any human being. The best we can do is pray for our world, our children and our families. Protect the weak, and innocent where and when we can and avoid conflict as the last resort.

I hope he recovered from the broken jaw. We can't be with our children 24/7 unfortunately they have to be careful out there in the world as we did at their age. Although when I was a lad we didn't attack mates in the streets with knives or guns we used out fists like REAL men not cowards. Hugs to you dear friend.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

I appreciate your comment, knowing how much you have experienced. Thank you.

My Daniels´experience could have been a lot worse but it was totally unprovoked and unwarranted. Therefore it made me so angry and sad . What a world.!

He may need a plate fixed into his jaw, the doctors are waiting a few days because they say if it heals well by itself, it´s better for him..

Bless you for taking the time to leave an encouraging comment for me.


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

Oh Dim... I am so very sorry for you son! And I admire your strength without limit! To pray for those who have done such a horrible thing! You are a gift to all of us. A fine example of the love of the Christ and the Creator.

I am sending my love to you and your family. I hope your son has a heart just like yours, to help him in this time.

Thank you so much for sharing in such a beautiful and constructive way!

If only there were more like you my friend!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Dim dear- I get frustrated that people are getting all kinds of useless info and yet the basic - "do to others..." Love your neighbor..."

What the fever?

Punishment does not fit the crime.

There is no message to youth when they see our leaders commit crimes, lie, kill on the wholesale level...

When leaders lie to us - let's not allow them to utter another lie. Too much is at stake and leaders need punishment for crimes against society no matter who's society it is.

When politicians profit by war, shady dealings - let's make that punishment really fit that crime.

Past service to country?

There is no past service to the country wiht a lie.

Cut the legs out from under the leaders and let's make the example of them they want to always make of US.

Everybody hates something.

I hate rutabagas and bullies.

I wish we could have some justice. But these pigs who lead us? I don't think so ever never. They need real schooling. God bless.


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Angelique Newman 5 years ago from Canada

Such a powerful poem Dim; beautifully written. Thanks for sharing. I hope your son gets well soon. Wishing you all the best.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Angelique. Daniel needed to have an operation to fix a metal plate into his jaw, but is recovering well, with wonderful sense of humour.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

What a beautiful and heart wrenching poem. There is NO rhyme or reason to all this violence and madness in the world today. I hope your sons knows there are prayers coming from around to world to him.

The only prayers from me for those who do this kind of vicious behavior is that they get back exactly what they give out.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

so many encouraging comments. All have helped me more than you can know. Thank you so much d.william

Take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Dim, I am so sorry for your son, the fact this attack was made by thugs for no reason, is simply terrifying. Thank goodness Daniel is going to be alright. It must have been a very upsetting experience for all of you.

Beautifully written poem, my best wishes to you and your family.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Movie Master. Doctors take his stitches out today and he´s cracking jokes all the time. His beautiful baby is helping, methinks.!!

Glad you liked the poem and thank you very much for your best wishes.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Hy Dim, wow - what a moving a wonderful tribute to a great guy. And it rang of truth and pain so much. What kind of mindless yob culture leads to this? There seems to be so much of it going around. I'm checking the comments too and I'm glad he is going to recover. You captured this beautifully, and it is loving and tender too. What a great writer you are! Cheers Dim!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

High praise, from you, dear cheeky girl.

I think I wrote it while still angry but as I wrote it was like therapy for me.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

The world is hard to understand sometimes., isn´t it?


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....thank you for your moving and provocative thoughts and your compassion for your fellow man (and woman) and there would be man's inhumanity to this man if they didn't alow me to come and visit you no more!!!!

I sincerely hope you've had a happy safe and productive summer - lake erie timeless for you but if you must know the time it's 9:50pm with the prelude to fall but the water is still warm so I will continue to go in twice a day until the end of the month .... tuesday evening here with these warm thoughts of you!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

yes I love hearing about the time at lake Erie., plus the fact that you still have a few weeks left to swim.

Thank you for your comment too.

Temperature in North of England has dropped like a stone since last week. Autumn forgot to visit us. feels as though we´ve gone straight into Winter.

Let you know when we have snow.

Thank you for all your support.


Lady_Tenaz 5 years ago

What a great poem. I am sorry for what happened to your son I too have had to sit back and wait for GOD to exact his vengeance on people who have done horrible things to the ones I love. My fiance was killed by his ex and yet the police would not even investigate. It took all the strength I had to put my faith back into GOD to trust he will right all the wrongs, in his time. I think patience is the one thing ALL of us have a hard time with. We want things to be done on our time, and yet our time and GOD's are so different. :-) I am sure you know what I mean. HUGS!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

O my goodness. ! You had a really difficult episode to deal with..........

You are right about patience but not always easy.

Thanks for reading.

I´ve just started to read your page and follow you.

(sounds like we´re stalking eachother)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...going through some of your older stuff tonight Dim at lake erie time 9:30pm and back here to revisit a classic and I know how each one of us as poets and writers love to hear that ....... and yes my dad would have loved this piece (and all of your writing for that matter) as he was a veteran of World War II for six years and there is a wonderful new movie on dvd I would recommend to you - an English film called The Deep Blue Sea directed by a great director Terence Davies.

sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 9:34pm


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you so much dear friend, for the comment (Classic indeed. You flatter me)

I shall look out for that film

Take care.

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