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Do You Recognize Yourself?

Updated on January 5, 2018

I feel like I’m talking
to a field of wheat stalks
waiting to be cut down

Bending with the air
slowly drying in the sun
all that remains is the end

I used to be angrily attired
but now a happy sadness
when I see your faces

I know somebody, anybody
must be fulfilled right now
most of us just need a friend

The emotions of aging men
remove the walls they erected
unless the fields burn with regret

They finally realize how
they kept true love afar
in the name of pride

Acting like some sort of a man
it’s just too much of an enormity
if you know what happens with time

Admit the wrong in your life
what’s better, to pretend a fact
or know the truth why she cried

The fear of change, it surely is
the enemy of your evolving spirit
clinging only to irrelevance

Is there a place, unaffected
by the desire to become large
to become the next big thing?

History is so many wrongs
circling in the name of tradition
convenience and prophecy

Whether more for slavery
revolutions around celestial bodies
or the need for just one King

Will we ever measure progress
not by comfort and leisure, but
in how we take care of the poor?

I can’t understand any man
who wouldn’t improve himself
for the life of his children

Is it so hard to work
thinking about their future
instead of your own, yes it is

But then I see I am unable
to rise above my limitations
because of blind emotion

I really never wanted to say
not in this moment anyway
or ever, how can I be sure

I can’t judge anyone
or wonder why others
make a life of hatred

I assume the worst
even knowing their troubles
which will always remain

What life is it to resist
the bridge to a better world
than the one you inherited?

I wonder if a person
could actually suffer
for what they never felt

There is no burden to bear
to solve the world’s problems
because no man is a lever

Who you touch touches another
and another until it returns
as a stranger or a friend

Will you recognize yourself
the same as you always were
or will you only see a stranger


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      Mark Lecuona 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @snakesland - thank you! Sorry for the delay in responding.

      @Globetrekkermel - Thank you! I love it when someone reads my own lines back to me!

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      Globetrekkermel 5 years ago from CALIFORNIA

      Suburban, I love the theme of this poem.I love these lines:

      But when you touch a stranger with hate or with love one day you will see

      Who you touch will touch another and another until it returns as a stranger or a friend

      Will you recognize yourself or will you recoil in horror at what you used to be?

      BRAVO !!! Suburban!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Suburban Poet, I love this message. Your words are eloquent and well crafted. Regards, snakeslane


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