Society Turned Its Back But Love May Win Out Yet

Society turned its back on you the other day;

given what you did, it really couldn’t be another way.

Reality is harsh, unflinching as law carved into stone.

Sometimes the crimes we commit become the scarlet in flesh and bone.

Yet I’m the one who remembers when you were golden as the sun

and people looked in awe at you as if you were some famous one.

Contained within your presence was a gift we all admired

And it’s hard to admit to flaws when to your example we aspired.

Maybe it began as something brushed off by society

-- oh, he’s just a boy, why don’t you moralists let him be? --

But then it took a turn that you never could admit

and no one wanted to know that your halo didn’t quite fit.

Now you sit in the place where the scarlet letter burns like a brand,

Where the golden self must die while the criminal takes his stand.

People who once looked up at you with faces all aglow

Will now turn away as if you were one they did not know.

Yet if I could talk to you, this message I’d convey,

The story of a man found out and the love that decided to stay.

The story would be grim because the crime still remains,

And it’s not just him who must face the guilt and pain.

Yet outside the context of the time the in which the culprit was trapped,

The love and esteem of eternity remained around him wrapped.

And though the consequence remained for all his time,

Through the love of one, he found the strength to truly shine.

Now in the darkness that you walk; the darkness of December,

I hope you can find within the love society can’t remember.

For in some way we all hide some part of us that isn’t right

And until we extend grace to one, perhaps we all will shun the light.

Society turned its back on you the other day,

Yet only through love can there be hope for all to shine in the day. 

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

This is great! Very relevant in our times right now.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Yes through love there is always hope. Wonderful words Elefanza.

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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author

Glad you enjoyed, Izettl! It is unfortunate how this story is being played out so much in society. I wanted to write a hub, but knew that was impossible when it came out in rhyme.

Glad you liked the message, Acaetnna! Love never fails.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Isn't it sad the way we treat our fallen heroes? As if, AS IF they aren't humans too.

People get that far away look in their eyes talking about someone that they admire, and I'm thinking, "yeah, but. . . ."

I've probably not been anyone's hero, but I have had to deal with people saying shit, that seemed to be meant to hurt me, "you were so smart in school. . . . ."

"You've wasted more talent than anyone else I know. . . ."

Backwards compliments, I guess. They didn't bother to ask what I thought of them, they'd likely be disappointed in the answers. . . .

Beautiful write!

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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author

I feel your pain on that one! I'm lucky I don't have to hear what people say about me from back home. I did really well in school and got accepted into a really good program at college. But the whole time, I was miserable. It seems the cost of being a hero is our humanity. Anyway, I'm striving to learn what humanity means and how to just be these days. Be okay being as I am regardless of what society says I should be.

Gain the world, lose your soul. Lose the world, gain your soul. Message received. Thanks for commenting!

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vrbmft 5 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Hi Elefanza

Been "out" in the last month with medical issues, so have not kept up. Sorry about that.

Well, the line I like best,

"For in some way we all hide some part of us that isn’t right

And until we extend grace to one, perhaps we all will shun the light."

An interesting poem. I like poetry and I congratulate everyone here on HP who gives us poetry. And I give you cheers galore for tackling social issues with poetry.

Will follow you more closely now that I am "back."


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author

Thanks, Vern!

Glad to see that you enjoyed the poem! I like writing poetry and that poem can extend to so many social issues. It's something that I'm still learning about. As a society, we encourage so much that we later condemn as "wrong" and I still don't know why this is. Is someone really in the "wrong" or is that someone just practicing the standard set by society? Any thoughts?

Sorry to hear about your medical troubles. I've been dealing with a bout of depression and some old issues about where I'm at in life. Either way, I'm just glad that spring is here! This means I'm probably going to be planting a garden now.


Can't wait to see your other comments. You sound like someone who could have a good discussion.


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