Forgive Us, My Children

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My heart hurts

My head spins

I just want to reach out

To my children, grab them

Pull them close,

Hug them tight

Wonder when this world

Will get it right.

I don’t want to tell them

The things we have done

That their futures

Look so very glum

Kids, I am sorry,

I wish I could say

But this beautiful world,

Will not stay this way.

I am sorry, we failed you

We were too much in a rush

We wanted things BIG and NOW

We wanted too much.

I’m sorry that those

who came before you

Decided we needed

to genetically modify food.

I’m sorry we are drilling

And digging our graves

I’m sorry we invented

Horrible nuclear ways.

I’m sorry we created

Gods and religions

Like we didn’t have enough

Petty indecisions.

I’m sorry that humans

Seem to love war

I’m sorry I can’t explain

What any of it’s for.

I’m sorry, my children

But I am afraid,

This beautiful Earth,

Will not always be this way.

I weep to think

What you might have to do

I cry because I believe

My nightmares will come true.

Please, my children,

Bring peace to this place,

Try to remember

Life is not a race.

Wrap your arms around

One another, and hug

Children, hold hands,

And rise above.

I beg you, forgive us,

Learn from our mistakes,

This dying world,

Will be yours to save.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Hard-hitting and beautiful, Elizabeth. I fear for our children as well. I hope we have taught them well enough and given them the strength to carry on the fight.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you Bill. We try to teach our children peace, I just wish more people did. Thank you for reading, as always. I hope everything is going well with you. At least spring is in the air = )


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is full of truth.. so much wisdom here. It is so sad that people live with blinders on....

Thankyou for writing this

Sharing

Debbie


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Blinders is the perfect word for this, Deborah. I shake my head daily at the things that others around me just don't know or care to know... Thank you for reading


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embarrett91 3 years ago

So much truth, this world frightens me now. I fear for my children and their future and the future of their children.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

It frightens me as well....I feel like I live on a ticking time bomb sometimes.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Biz, this is a wonderful message to send our children. I wish it was a fantasy of your creative mind; unfortunately, it's reality and that is what is so sad.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you bravewarrior... Sometimes I pray I open my eyes and it was all a bad dream and I actually on a peaceful, pure planet... We can all dream = )


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

As a Grandmother, I constantly worry about the future for my family. The world is a big mess. We need to live by the Golden Rule! What is our country coming to?? Soon there will be soldiers on every street trying to "protect" us.

Thought provoking Hub , I loved it. Voted UP and will share.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

mary615 sometimes I fear this world won't last long enough for me to have grandchildren... I wish the Golden Rule was taught in schools, or at least impressed upon children. I try to with my own. I don't think you are far off, either, with your predictions of soldiers in the streets... I cringe.

Thank you for reading and sharing.


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

I can feel the pain in your words. Your poem is a poignant and powerful testament to what is wrong with our world. The images are also heart wrenching. I share your sentiments.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Joanne, thank you for reading. If only everyone could share our sentiments, maybe these problems would fade.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very profound. Hopefully we get it right before its too late. Some try to teach their children peace while at the same time others are strapping bombs to their childrens backs. Sooner or later mother nature is going to get sick of us.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I hope so too, Dad. I know its true what you say and thats what scares me, for while I hope my son grows up bringing peace, somewhere a kid his age is being taught hate and violence. Hopefully someday truth and peace can actually prevail... Unfortunately it might be in the wake of mother natures irritation though, as you say...


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A heartfelt and beautiful message here. We are failing future generations, no chance we will be known as "great."


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I so agree, xstatic... thank you for reading...


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khmazz 3 years ago from South Florida

So powerful, the words and images combined are almost shocking...beautiful and important! Voted up!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much for reading and sharing, khmazz


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You penned the fears of so many of us. I wonder if we can even imagine how bad it will be. Fantastic, powerfully, dismally honest and heartfelt. Hubtastic.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much for reading and comments... I too wonder if we can really imagine how bad things can be...


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Germany

A beautiful poem! Your words made me very thoughtful. The world is getting worse and if you realize it from time to time it's really scary.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you janetwrites...It is very scary to think about....


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You have captured this so well--such a sad place for us to be--how can we do this to anyone?


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I don't know Audrey... Humans are a mystery to me... Thank you for reading...


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice and touching. You have opened the inner eyes of everyone.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you pinto2011... I wish I could really open everyone's eyes...


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NanaMotie 3 years ago

Yes my friend, this is what we should keep in our mind that life is not a race.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I totally agree, NanaMotie. Thank you for reading...


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

bizarrette81,

How sadly beautiful! These are the thoughts that I have everyday and sometimes wonder if I'm the only one who cares. So poignant and eloquently expressed for such a tragic topic. I thought of what it must be like for your father to read you write something like this. We always want better for our children and look at what we're faced with today, let alone what our children will be subjected to.

Voted up and every button (I justified funny because of the Twinkie cartoon) ;-)

Cat


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

She has been one of my biggest inspirations, Cat.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

I've seen it and I believe it, Wayne! I'm guessing you're one of her biggest as well!


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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

How beautiful! Hopefully they will forgive us someday.


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agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

Very poignant! An eye-opener and thought-provoking hub. I guess we really have to stop.. and unite.. and make little changes in our own ways. Its better late than never. For our children's children sake.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Cat,

Thank you so much, for reading and for showing me there are others who think as deeply and darkly as I do. Unfortunately those dark thoughts hold so much truch. I spend most of my days alone (I clean hotel rooms) so I have LOTS of time to think and some days thoughts like this can weigh so heavily on my mind that I wish I could scoop up all those I love and go inhabit some nice, new, fresh planet without all this crap.

And yes, my father has been a huge inspiration for being a writer. I am so proud of where he is and seeing what he is doing is inspiring, still

Thank you again for reading. I hope you have a wonderful Friday


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thanks, Dad. You will always be my inspiration!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Theater Girl, thank you... I hope they can forgive us too, I can only hope our descendants can be kinder to eachother...


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I will be happy if my children live happy lives long enough to have their own children and families. Sometimes I look at the world and grow very afraid that it will not even last the rest of my lifetime. But I try not to think about it too much, I am learning how much thoughts can effect things, and know my thinking about it just adds to the negative energy. Thank you for reading, and you are right, better late then never !


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

beautiful informative thoughts ..now if we could get all young people to read this !!!

We all wish we could change the world and I feel your emotions are true .

Great hub..


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much cleaner3. I wish more young people my age would care about these things, as well... Thank you for reading! I must take some time to read your work, I've read a few but on my phone and it, for some reason, never lets me comment. Thanks again!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

bizarrett81,

Gee, I feel like an idiot responding so late; the email notification must've gotten lost in the shuffle! :-(

All that time alone... that can be healthy and dangerous at the same time :D ... It seems whenever I'm in a car alone and the music is going... I think and I cry! They don't always have to be sad tears though do they? Do you ever think that just letting go, away from the regularly, daily and mundane things, we have a chance to actually reflect and ponder about the more meaningful things?

You said 'scoop'; I used to kneel and pray as a child, back during the innocent kind of ignorance and ask that my family and friends live forever. Of course, back then I had no way of knowing all the ugly that's out there.

I don't know where you and the rest of your family came from... but you guys just seem to be such a breath of fresh air... I so love your father! lol

The way you both talk to/about each other is inspiring and touching in itself!

I'm going to stop stalling and go push that green follow button now :D

Cat


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Cat,

It is so wonderful to receive such heartfelt comments, and don't worry, I get so many Hubpages notifications that if I don't check daily I get completely overwhelmed! And I agree, the time alone can be healthy and dangerous. There are some days when I think so deeply and about such dark things that I just want to get in my car and cry at the end of my work day.

But I pick up my son and he just smiles at me with such innocence, hope, and optimism, that I must brush the tears away and be strong, and hope that I can teach him good lessons. Sometimes I look at him and wonder what his future is going to be- sometimes I just want to meltdown at the fears I have, but sometimes, I wonder if he may be the future's hero. Perhaps he, someday, will be an adult changing the world, fighting for right. It really, unfortunately, is going to be his generation that has to deal with the most bull.

Thank you for following me. If I haven't followed you yet, I will for sure! And as for loving my father-that is impossible not to do. I know I am biased, but there aren't many people out there who seem to just be magnificent at everything they try, and that is my dad. Wonderful artist, outstanding writer, excellent father. I just wish he didn't live hundreds of miles away = ( He really is an inspiration!! And I am SOO happy that others are now able to read and see what I have been reading and seeing from him my entire life. Some of these stories he publishes, I've been reading since I was a teenager, so it is very exciting, especially to see his book published. He deserves it!

When I get some time (between work, kids, and painting my apartment YUCK), I will spend it browsing your work. I've been so incredibly busy and trying to adjust to going from stay at home mom to working 40 hours a week mom that I haven't had any time to write or read = (

Thank you for finally responding = D

Elizabeth


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Elizabeth,

I think I smiled with tears in my eyes through most of your comment... lol.

I think I very much understand you and where you're coming from. I think about the awesome and innocent childhoods we had and I'm so sorry that the world has changed so drastically in such a short period of time that my children will never be able to fully comprehend what that was like. I think about what the world will be like for them in another 10 years, 20 years... and it breaks my heart. I don't know if we have time to change the world for them and put rubber bumpers on everything, but we can build them up so strong that they have their own rubber bumpers and then regardless of what kind of state the world is in, they will thrive! That's all we can really hope for and they are definitely my motivation.

I just wish everyone had the care and the heart you do!

I really have a hard time not getting emotional listening to how you talk about your father. I know there is a special bond between a daughter and her daddy, unlike any other and you were absolutely blessed with the father you were given, many aren't as lucky. Even more, you recognize and appreciate it! You're father was obviously blessed as well and he makes it very clear how aware he is. I couldn't agree more how wonderful of an artist your father is... I suspect much of it comes from a deep mind and even larger heart! Thank goodness it trickled down into you as well! :D

Don't worry yourself about getting over my way, as much as I appreciate the gesture... I'm just a big goofball anyway and usually scare people... lol. I am grateful for the follow though, and I'm sorry I took so long following you! I will most definitely be catching up!

Have an awesome day!

Cat


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Cat, sorry for the delay, my smart phone never lets me comment on Hubpages for some reason so I have to wait till I have actual ALONE TIME on my laptop (which, with two kids wanting Netflix because we don't have cable, that is not often LOL) to be able to answer anything!

It breaks my heart as well to think my son may have a bleak future, or that he might be in the last generation to have any sort of a fun and innocent childhood. But all I can do is keep up hope. Hell, maybe we'll discover some habitable alien planet and the means to get there in my lifetime or his. I would certainly be the first in that line to go!

I am truly bless with having my father be the man he is. I just wish he lived closer so he could see how his feistiness and wise cracking is emerging in his grandson! And how sometimes he gives me that raised eyebrow that I swear, looks just like Grandpa ; )

Thanks again, Cat. And I will be checking out your work, goofball sounds perfectly okay to me = ) No judgements here, coming from the girl who'se been singing all the songs from The Lorax for the last three days LOL

Well, time to wrestle with the boy for bedtime = ) Hope you are having a great week!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Beautiful poem and the reality of it all hits hard.

Voted up and awesome, Elizabeth.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much rajan jolly


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Dana Tate 14 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Sometimes we do wonder will there ever be a generation that will get it right. great poem. Voted up and awesome.


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bizarrett81 14 months ago from Maine Author

Dana Tate, I look at my son, who is a toddler, and hope his generation will be better then mine. Thank you for reading and voting. Much appreciation

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