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Poetry and Society: Meaningless Pursuits

Updated on June 10, 2013

Freezing cold
Left to the depths of despair
Not a spark to light a flame
The world doesn’t care

Poor little match girl
Chilled to the bone
Just like the day we’re born
We all die alone.

So what’s the sense
In playing by the rules
If we all must die
Then why die the fool

Why not live
According to how we choose
Then at least we live our lives
Win or lose

No hidden agendas
No following of orders
No one living in luxury
Off the blood of sons and daughters.

An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
No more meaningless pursuits
Of the Liar’s half truths

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      PHILLY DREAMER..I feel your pain and understand your frustration with the world..it sometimes appears that we have all been lied to for years..our parents did not know any different just as we raised our children..however..did any of us prepare them for the world today ? I do agree with you as far as the self-employ vs being employed by another..best we steer our children to this future road...as usual a very interesting hub, my friend..thoughts are with you..

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      We should do right when we feel its the right thing to do, but to live under someone's ethics is a good way to live a life of misery.

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      Midnight Lights 4 years ago from USA

      But when does the conscience kick in and we feel the guilt of doing wrong? The poem all sounds like depressed rebellious anger because life doesn't hand you everything on a silver platter, that's something we should all avoid at all cost, regardless of if doing so gains us nothing but respect for ourselves in the end. This poem is ironic to me because it's like my life in a nutshell having been a rebellious depressed teenager, and especially the half-truth thing which my ex said to me the other day saying practically nobody tells the truth (and that he himself had done just that to me). Tis life. I'd rather be good and die knowing I tried my best then to have done my worst. Thought provoking piece.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Sadly there is some truth in what you are saying, although the spectre of cynicism is an easy trap to fall into. Following your own path, with a resolute determination, usually works for me. Good work :-))

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Thanks, Martin

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I guess the preceding comments leave it to me to say, good work, my friend.

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I'm referring to it all, I just feel so many people waste their lives following the advice of our parents who told us to get good grades and find a good job. They told us that working hard and loyalty would bring success, and while that advice might have been good back in the day, in todays world its the people who work for themselves that will have a chance at success, and everyone else is just an over paid slave.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      PHILLYDREAMER..you obviously are referring to the election year and all the politions with their lying promises ??? or life in general ? enjoyed the hub and the trip through your mind...good job..

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Thank you Deborah, I write about what I feel, and right now I feel theres a lot wrong with this world today.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      How true this poem is.. and what a great poem

      love it.. You tell it like it is and I admire that.

      Blessing

      Debbie

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      Simba73 4 years ago from UK

      Philly thanks for that :)

      But I see in your work the same questions and this brings me great comfort. keep it going my friend :)

      Simba

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      That is quite an enlightened vision you have Simba73. Its nice to know that there are some deep down good people who will still do good, even if there is nothing in it for them.

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      Simba73 4 years ago from UK

      Great work here my friend, your words bring back constant thoughts of my lives direction, is it any point being good and helping people who will never appreciate your true intentions of kindness ?

      I always come up with the same answer ..... I live this way for my own perhaps selfish reasons as I could not live with myself if I acted any different, I want to be kind despite others thinking I have an ulterior motive, these people will and only can judge you by there motivations and not yours, so forgive them that, and continue to do what makes you happy and at peace with your self.

      I could never enjoy something at somebody else's expense or suffering, so I have to except what I may never achieve and be happy with who I am not what I am.

      Simba