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Faces In The Crowd

Updated on May 1, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Confusion all about; hysteria in the hot air

Sirens blaring out; emergencies everywhere

What to do, where to turn, shouts aloud

Ever-searching eyes of faces in the crowd

Chaos so rules the moment; order is lost

The people scurry for survival; life at any cost

All pushing, shoving, determination avowed

Fear written all over the faces in the crowd

Fires are burning brightly; the hot blazes of Hell

Cries from the masses; scream, shout and yell

The night sky is shrouded in dark black cloud

Hiding bewilderment on the faces in the crowd

Destruction all about; rationale no longer remains

Evil has been unleashed; free of its binding chains

Death without any reason; no reasons to be proud

Vengeance marked upon the faces in the crowd

Morning has broken, showing the long night’ toll

The world is shattered; blood drips from its soul

All for what reason, what purpose is avowed?

Look not for the answers on faces in the crowd

Mercy-seeking repentant now on knees do pray

Begging God’s forgiveness; pleas for another day

But for all of the pleading and praying aloud

One cannot see God in the faces of the crowd

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

30 September 2012


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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @PDXKaraokeGuy...Thank you very much. This was one of those futuristic events I felt some might see one day as we follow our current path toward a socialist demise. ~WB

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I like this. very well done. Profound. good work. i''ll be back to read more of your poetry before too long. Great stuff!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Genna East...This one came to me so fast I could barely write it down as I moved from line to line. This is another where the catch phrase was just hanging there in my mind for a couple of days and I could not figure out what to do with it....then it just came to me. I love when that happens! Thanks much for the good words. I think we have seen enough of what some religions do when their deity is insulted. I cannot imagine how Christians would fare around the world with such behavior. I am sure such behavior would be globally condemned. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "But for all of the pleading and praying aloud

      One cannot see God in the faces of the crowd.."

      Amazing piece of work, Wayne. I often think of how difficult it is for certain people to be true Christians...for God is not found in acts of violence, cruelty or hatred. Up +++

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @D.JurisStetser...No, I wanted to paint a point of realism in a generic world where violence overcomes reason and people use their "force" to achieve what the think is "Holy"....thus the last verse. Thanks so much for the read and the great comments. ~WB

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      D.Juris Stetser 5 years ago from South Dakota

      Voted up- and everything but funny- Your hub is insightful and timely

      Want to call it surreal, dark fiction, but it doesn't unfortunately seem so impossible A light in the darkness....thanks for sharing.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @LABrashear....You are right on the money with that second assessement. It is more about the generic aspects of the human condition allowing violence to drive their desires and fulfill their needs. They are "justified" in the actions in the beginning then maybe remorseful in the aftermath if they have a conscience or even understand what they do. Still, even in remorse, one cannot see God in their faces. Thanks for the good words! ~WB

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I had to read this one, I didn't read the comments until after the second time. At first, I thought of the movie V is for Vendetta. Might have just been the picture. I figured that probably wasn't where you were going with it, so I re-read.

      I agree with so many commenters. I thought of 9/11. But I also saw a montage of all the horrible things people have done throughout history and how humans turn their heads and don't really care because it's "acceptable" at the time. I envisioned so many horrible historical events, but through your words, I also saw the few that care sending a cry of warning for people to wake up.

      Very well done!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @My Minds Eye53....Sometimes I wonder if it is lonliness or worry we see. Thngs are not getting more positive for a lot of fact quite the contrary and for many of them for the first time in their lives. The Baby Boomers have multiple concerns with protecting their retirements and the questions with Medicare, Social Security and Obamacare (already hearing some bad tales there). All we need is violence in the street and we really got problems. Thanks much for the good words! ~WB

      @ImKarn23...The founding fathers knew they gave us a very delicate system when they handed over the structure of a democratic republic to a fledling nation. I think it might have been Adams who remarked, "now let's see if you can keep it". We have done so for over 200 years but now we have a batch of politicians like Obama, Reid, and Pelosi who openly chose to defy those principles outlined in our founding docuements and challenge anyone to stop them including the courts. Up to now, the respect for our governmental institutions have carried us through with each element respecting it limits and watching the other. Obama has dumped all that out in yesterday's trash basically thumbing his noses at the American system and knowing that far too many of us are too ignorant to realize what is happening. The lights will come on one day but I fear that day will come far too late in the process and our nation will be lost to tyranny, and at the very least....totalitarian socialism if not worse. Just remember, "I'll have more flexibility after the election, Vladimir." All politicians are marginal but at least most of what we have had in the past have still believed the American way was the best way....not this guy and he is out to wreck the system from the top down. Loved your remarks, they fit very well with the spirit of the poem. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Wayne...while i was reading this - all i could see was 9/11..

      in my opinion it was the beginning of the end of politics and life as we knew it. Altho government has always been corrupt - it's taken on a whole new dimension which leads me to believe that- in the end -the terrorists won and we, the people - LOST!

      Your old soul is showing, Sir...

      voting, tweeting, and sharing it forward..

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      My Minds Eye53 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I agree with Vincent except I would add lonely to those faces. I might also add disconnected. The world has become a smaller place yet it's inhabitants are growing apart. I have been many places and find it surprising when people give you an odd look if you speak to them. Even in smaller towns this is starting to seep in. People are afraid.

      I think your poem is beautiful and does say what is known by many, that the time is near

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Gypsy Rose Lee....Very true....hard to find that one face in the crowd many masks covering the real intentions. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. We are forever walking in a sea of faces and most of these faces are false faces. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...Nor should we be...crying at best. Those same ones who put us here will be in the streets rioting within five years if this election reaffirms Obama. All they need to do is find out that Utopia is none existent and that Obama cares nothing for them. Of course, we will all be sucked into the mire by then. Thanks, Frog. ~WB

      @Ruchira...We are watching our country be tossed away in the name of fairness and equality. Anyone who argues with that direction is immediately labeled a racist. Our Constitution and our freedoms will surely die unless we reverse this direction and soon. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Beautifully expressed, Wayne.

      Times are changing and people becoming selfish maybe cause of tough times...but, we ought to pause and reflect inside.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - But many of us aren't laughing...

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince....Ironically, Frog, these times and our times are of little difference. These young minds of mush are still being manipulated and used all for someone else's agenda but there's no telling them because they consider themselves far too intelligent to let that happen...what a laugh! ~WB

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - "For What It's Worth" was a sign in our times. Many young people need to now listen and heed.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Funny, I was thinking the same thing as I wrote this one. Thanks much! ~WB

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      This sounds like what will happen should Obama win. You always capture the moment. Up and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @fpherj48....I get a little heavy ever now and then...relieves me of some of the burden of the world when I can put my emotions on paper. Hopefully, I get some "cheer up" news soon! LOL! Thanks so much! ~WB

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      With every line, I envisioned another sight/site.....Syria, Afghanistan, the Mexican border....9-11.....Waco, Texas.....The Federal Building.....

      It goes on and on ....with barely a flicker of light in the distance.......

      This is our world......our leaders can't feel the pain or bear the shame....that is all for us to do..........

      Explosive work, Wayne. Left me with a heaviness....makes me grow weary.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman....Only you would say that about yourself...that is not my sense at all and your fan base shows it everyday. I marvel at your mental quickness, broad perception, and sense of timing with your verses. Let's face, the average guy would struggle with what you make look easy, Colin. Thanks for your good words....right back at you! ~WB

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      you are a true gentleman, an outstanding scholar and a Hub legend - and I feel like the guy who cleans up after the parade.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @billybuc....Very true. Our elected officials bow their backs and refuse to work together. The public, like children, emulate them and our country is in stalemate. We have a president who cannot lead and he demonstrates that fact by not bringing in the key leaders in the Congress and evolving a "deal" to gain solutions. Instead he throws down the gauntlet and demands to do it his way by executive order. Americans do not realize how tight the line is we are walking between a democratic republican and a dictatorship. They will if this election gives him another term. Thanks, Bill! ~WB

      @Sunnie Day....I am afraid there will be much more before the calm. America once held the higher ground in terms of rationale and intelligence. Now, we simply want to be part of the fray....we are going to allow ignorance and rabid religious tyranny to overrun the world in the name of "getting along" with the Muslim population. I do not see that as a gain for anyone except the rabid Muslims. Thanks much! ~WB

      @rcrumple....Some things never change, especially when they turn violent. The ugliness in people looks the same all over the world. Thanks much! ~ WB

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      From the 60's riots in Watts to the riots in the streets overseas today, some things never change. How strange when fighting for what one believes so right, so many wrongs take place. Great poem, my friend!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hello Wayne,

      You described the worlds affairs and some at our own back door so well. It is frighting the way things are headed. I can only imagine what God must be thinking as he looks around. A desensitized society that keeps on ticking...for the moment.

      Thank you


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      "Battle lines being drawn....nobody's right if everybody's wrong."

      Wonderful poem my friend....where is the face of God....perhaps in a newborn?

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Yes, Doc...the same thoughts crossed my mind once I had it written. As I composed each verse, I was not clear as to where it was headed but it came out along those lines. I think Obama wants turmoil in the Middle East so that it will be easy to rationalize throwing Israel under the bus downstream. Thanks much! ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      As I read your beautiful poetry, Wayne, I saw repeat visions in my mind of my television showing angry mobs in Libya, Syria, Egypt and Pakistan - all bent on destroying the American flag.

      And we (Obama) have given billions of dollars to those countries as aid. Doesn't make sense!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Deborah Brooks....Thank you. Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing. ~WB

      @Vincent Moore....I will give it a try, Thanks much! ~WB

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Wayne thanks for trying to listen to my poetry. I double checked on my hubs as well as at SoundCloud and they all appear to be working? Maybe Mozilla will work for you. I happen to be using Google Chrome now, however I had been using Mozilla for the past few years. Give it another try, I believe I also voiced over my "Rippled Faces" some similar views you and I share for sure on today's society. As for Obama getting in for another term, it appears to me from up north here that all indications are that he might. YIKES indeed.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wayne Oh My word!! I love this poem.. I stand in awe my friend..


      sharing with the world.


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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Yes, we are. Those of us who lived the 60's and 70's can see the relative nature of things. Unfortunately, this time around, our government has far too many of the radicals and socialists who rose from that previous crowd now in charge. Our fate in the world is in question as is our survival as a nation. If Obama sees another term, that fate is sealed. Thanks much, A! ~WB

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @whonunuwho...You see a lot of the same things that I see. The world is building toward chaos and we have a President willing to let us join in the fact overly anxious for its arrival it seems. Thanks much! ~WB

      @Vincent Moore....Thanks much for the good words, Ken. You capture the essence of my thinking with your comments. BTW...I cannot seem to get your soundtracks to play on SoundCloud...the actuator button does nothing. I have the latest Explorer so I am now going to try Mozilla and see if that will help. Thanks much! ~WB

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      We are here again... only this time I hope we put aside our differences and work together for the good of all humanity. It's time for change and we can do it before chaos ensues... I hope. For me, "Hurray for our side" are the most chilling words in this song. We are one. We just need to act like it. This is our 'Hail Mary'. Voted UP!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Beautifully said my friend. I agree entirely with faces in the crowd. I walk every day and see them captive in time. I see the meek, the arrogant, the proud, the good, bad and ugly faces all entwined in time.

      More and more each day the people in the streets are looking meaner, sad and brave. Everybody in a rush to somewhere in time. We all need to slow down a little, smell the flowers and place many of them into these rippled faces. Well done my poetic friend, you chose an excellent video to go with your words. Voted UP and shared.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      In your poem I see the times that we are realizing right now. This is what is taking place all around the world and the faces in the crowds all seemed angry and bewildered. There seems to be no answers now and all we can do is to pray for God to help us all. Thank you for this timely work.


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