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A Poet Is A Tortured Soul.

Updated on January 15, 2010

A Poet Is A Tortured Soul.


A poet is a tortured soul,

in the world at large

that often tarnishes his or her ideals.


It forces one to bend words

that are usually of great beauty

into the ugliest of truths.


Third trimester babies

forcefully expelled from wombs

because each infant faces

little chance at life....

or the mother herself

could die.


I held my son

seconds after birth

not much different from those

who rot in tiny coffins.


I cannot comprehend it all ending there.

I saw my own eternity in his blue eyes

gazing upward in curious awe.


But I cannot question God

he does not answer

these tiny lips wrenched into O's

as months of nurturing become

medical waste.

burnt offerings to

the necessary tragedy

of life extinguished.


And I cannot grasp the denial

of such a well off society as ours

refusing to grant health care

to "All" who are in need .......

simply because they are illegal immigrants??


Our forefathers were all illegal immigrants

fleeing the persecution of their faiths,

their freedoms and the tyranny of oppression.


How does anyone look into a three year old

innocent Mexican child's,

dark brown and beautiful eyes,

who is in desperate need of treatment

and say I'm sorry, we can't afford to help you.


Ah, but we don't have to, we remain quite distanced

from their pain and eventual tragedies.


And what about all of the inner city children

who cannot get a doctor's care,

Did not some of our same forefathers

drag the ancestors of these needy kids

over to America in chains enslaving them?


Don't you think some health care

for their great, great, great, great grandchildren

would be a nice way to erase some of that travesty.


And What Of War,

I always believed that I should

fight and even die for my country,

but that was before the false pretenses of

weapons of mass destruction,

no exit strategies, men rushed to war

without armor for them or their vehicles,

with troops maimed and killed as a result

and others left there for two, three, four terms,

In the wrong country, simply to hang one man

who was not part of the 9/11 horror.


All this while the maggot pig who was guilty

continued to mock and send videos to America.


Add in the torture, Haliburton, Blackwater,

and the truth that the war was really about

simply gaining a foothold in the Middle East

to protect oil interests.


Suddenly my former patriotism is shredded

like the flesh of our soldiers

under the endless onslaught of

one I.E.D. after Another.


4, 432 Men and thousands more maimed for life

for Iraq??


While Bin Laden still masterminds

skirmishes all along the Pakistan border

and the bush administrations simply dumped

the whole badly mishandled mess

into Obama's lap unresolved.


Then the tea baggers have the audacity

to constantly criticize Obama for any and all

of his actions or lack of action.


HYPOCRISY Runs Rampant.

it is a fatal disease eroding the very fiber

of our country.


Thus I have decided with a heavy heart...

Not my son,

he will never be sacrificed in some useless war,

destroyed in some vast extension of bushes insanity.

And I come from a family that has always been Marines.


Yes I would like to write

of the rainbow luminescent

flashes of a hummingbird

savoring a Morning Glory's sweet nectar,

or the exquisite beauty found

just beneath her eyelids ascending

after a first kiss.


But poets are a tortured lot,

whose muses are most often

sympathetic to the pain and woes

of the world in which we inhabit.


And so I must paint more ugly,

and most likely half of those

reading this will not have reached

even this far.


Because the truth is excrutiating

it destroys what folks would like to believe.

so they simply blame the next guy in office

and pardon the last.


They mock the Noble Peace prize,

that he will truly be earning....... the hard way.

They paint him as a witchdoctor, a Hitler

a destroyer of America.


They follow party lines and radio lunatics

spouting McCarthyism's....and

spewing lies that are easier to believe

than the actual facts of what the last eight years

has wrought in the souls of poets

and in the hearts of the masses........

a nation torn asunder.


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    • Brenda L Scully profile image

      Brenda Lorraine Scully 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      I just love your work, so i am here again to read........... Do keep writing please.

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      A hub that has many feelings so deep that they cut as they bleed.True for those who die without cause or a writer who searches for the right answers as he reads.Thanx for sharing.

    • Joshua Kell profile image

      Levi Joshua Kell 

      7 years ago from Arizona


    • Denise K Zimmerma profile image

      Denise K Zimmerma 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      So heart warming and so true, I cried cause it was like a stab in the heart, yet it was beautiful.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I think that you not only have the heart of a poet but a kind heart. I must disagree with you on one thing...I do not believe that everything that has gone wrong with America can solely be based upon the last President. After all...Congress makes the laws...and therefore is more to blame about what ultimately happens. They authorized the war against Iraq believing all the intelligence from not only our country but others...that weapons of mass destuction existed. Did not prove to be the case and that has more to do with the failure of intelligence gathering than anything else.

      I don't blame you for not wanting your son to enlist in the military...and yet, if no one did...where would we be ultimately?

      Lots of soul searching questions and no easy answers.

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      Earth Angel 

      8 years ago

      Dearest MFBIII,

      I feel as though I have just met a kindred soul! Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful words! Thank you even more for your insistence upon revelation of an ugly societal under-belly!

      "Because the truth is excrutiating

      it destroys what folks would like to believe.

      so they simply blame the next guy in office

      and pardon the last."

      Yes, I did make it to the end! I am now a devoted follower of your work - of your vision to help end the needless suffering in the world - one cup of java at a time!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      wow...this is unbelievably amazing. I just read your interview that mentioned this poem. I'm glad I stopped by. You have such a gift!

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      8 years ago

      It's not easy being green.

      Poetry is so much nicer when you know

      That the truth does not hurt

      The teller of the tale

      Otherwise it is called a

      written confession

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      8 years ago

      I so agree with so much of what you say, but powerless to change anything, as indeed we all are really at the end of the day...... just have to keep doing our bit, as they say. And if someone can voice these things, as indeed you have, then say amen at the end,...... thanks so much for taking the time to write your feelings.....

    • Rory'S profile image


      9 years ago

      Your sentences are short and makes your poem dramatic which is nice to read. Beautiful poem. keep writing and I'll keep reading.

    • itakins profile image


      9 years ago from Irl

      Just speechless really.

    • CorriStar profile image


      9 years ago from Winsted Ct

      I am a tortured soul also but that is the way I chose to be i guess. I speak the truth as you do.

    • Jewels profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Tortured souls paint honest pictures.


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