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From Poems about Making the World Be a Better Place - It Is Up To Us To Make It Better

Updated on December 26, 2012

Upon the wind

Incessant cries

Destruction reigns

We cower and hide.


To tell the truth,

We blatantly dismiss

All evidence, all proof.

It’s in our hands

To stop the insanity,

Our undeniable duty

To preserve humanity.

"Let someone else

Take care of this,

I'm much to busy,"

We insist.

Like sleeping children

We choose to dream,

Ignore the signs,

Block out the screams.

If we cannot see it

It must not exist,

Just like Avalon

Fading into the mist.

If we cover our ears

If we cover our eyes

History becomes a fairytale

Of palatable lies.

Mere bedtime stories

Of imaginary times,

Dooming us to repeat

Its prophetic lines.

When will we stop?

Why can't we see?

When will we listen?

Accept our reality?

It’s up to us

To make the time

To foster peace,

To wipe out crime.

We've got to end

Our senseless waste.

We've got to love,

Instead of hate.

Take responsibility,

Clean up the mess.

Toleration and education,

Should our lips profess.

It’s up to you,

It’s up to me,

Together we must

Stop this insanity..

There truly is

No time to wait

For if we do

It will be too late

In peaceful ways

We must instruct

For if we don't

We will self-destruct.

-Kristen Burns-Darling

© 2011(all rights reserved)


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      lilyfly 6 years ago

      And I'm not surprised that one cast into the military life has such sentiments... it seems only the bloodless morons behind desks don't understand the price of a human life... wonderful piece, and thank you for following me... lily

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      This is a powerful piece of work that we all need to read EVERYDAY!!! Voted up across the board! except funny...definitely not funny!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..well this is a classic and destined to be on my hall of fame list - as a 'revisit' time and time again - and of course don't forget it's often the 'person' behind the pen who makes the world a better place with stirring and heartfelt words like these ......

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York


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      Kristen Burns-Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Poohgranma....Quite a compliment coming from someone who's opinion I so highly value! You are a wonderful friend, and you always inspire to strive harder, and set the bar higher! You help to inspire me to be a better me! I thank you for that! :-)

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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

      An absolutely inspired write! So very true and a necessary read for all. We can each do a part, like grains of sand, we can make a difference if we band together. This may be your best hub to date!