The Incident



When the world was all in black and white

We knew not of the freedoms that we had

Propriety, while dull, was only a façade…Once,

Before we all became so self important

We all had our own peculiarities

But we abided by a code…Once,

We could believe the images our eyes had seen

There was no hidden agenda in any Gospel that was preached

But that was once…before the incident.


We don’t believe the flowers or the trees

We cannot trust the water that we drink.

The natural world encroaches on our castle in the air…Now,

We shut out words that we want not to hear

Or twist them into different meanings,

Ones that fit our needs…Now,

We snarl like feral dogs suspicious through our instincts

We see each other’s weaknesses to use to our advantage,

Now… unlike before…before the incident.

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

Brilliant. Absolutely great . Keep writing, please.

This was so simply put, it flowed, yet it was as profound as anything l´ve read recently.

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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Nice read, thank you Joe Friedman. Regards, snakeslane

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sarasotadui 5 years ago from Florida, USA

Nice Poetry! I wonder what was that incident you are talking about. I couldn't determine it between your sentences. Can you give me the answer to my question, if you wouldn't mind? LOL!

But anyway, it was a great read.

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Joe Friedman 5 years ago from Chicago, Il Author

Thank you for all the feedback. The "Incident," was something I left open for the reader's interpretation. I'm sure that in every person, country, or cultures existence, there has been an incident which has changed that entity for the better or the worse.

I have to admit though, thoughts on the environment, technological revolution, and my puppy making a mess on the carpet did factor into the writing.

Ollie 21 months ago

I dind't know where to find this info then kaboom it was here.

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