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Prose - Does Evil Always Win?

Updated on February 6, 2011

Money always matters
Evil needs no sleep
Feasting as we toil
Gloating while we weep
Why do good people
Risk their lives
While evil people
Just tell lies?
Ignoring our children’s bare feet
While clothing their greed
An insatiable lust
Taking what they do not need
Intertwined in our lives
Religious and patriotic bond
What do we believe?
How should we respond?
Or death
An iron conscience
Or fear’s breadth
We suffer silently
Simmering as we toil
Smiling blindly
Pretending to be loyal

They know
We are weak
Paycheck to paycheck
Too scared to speak
Too scared to lose a job
And our future
And so we acquiesce
And live with our displeasure
We are too small to succeed
As they are too big to fail
We pull at our bootstraps
They plunder their bail
A man and wife
Separated by poverty
Gold digging women
Accept their master's infidelity
The poor in their misery
Know no politics
The intellectuals argue
Flexing their academics
Nothing can stop them
Their craving never ends
A senator or president
Nice titles but not our friends
We know it when we see it
And yet we listen
The messages they send
With words they imprison
Our minds
Controlling our actions
Using fear
They divide us into factions
We oppose one another
As they quietly scheme
Pretending to care
While we fight for our dreams
Who will save us?
The mob on the street?
The God we hope for?
Or will we always be weak?
I tire of the rich
And of endless war
And our national interest
What is it all for?
I read of a drone
That blindfolds before the execution
To fight the banker of our demise
And the hermit living for martyrdom
What do I tell my children?
What should they understand?
That evil always wins?
Or that good will spring from our land?


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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Seeker - thank you for saying that.... I just don't like all the greed so I had to say it....

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland


      Another awesome and very profound piece of work. So true. I loved it!

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @sofiaviana - thank you and feel free to write "long comments" anytime you want. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to read my hub and to commentas you did. I am very pleased that your reaction was to reinforce a belief in the good in humanity....

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      Sofia viana 6 years ago from uk

      Love the poem, first of all, and second i think it's important to tell our children that there is hope, that most of us aren't evil natured and that good must prevail no matter what, but i think it's also important to tell them the truth, that we are to blame for our modern world's ways and for all the kindness we forget to show each other out of fear. These are things that keep me awake as well, what to tell my children, but then there are the other things , the things we can still do, the things we can still tell our children to do so that their future is a diferent one, and one of those things will be never give up and never loose faith, because faith is what drives mankind to do extraordinary always has. If you are one to think one person can't make a diference, then you never will, when in fact all our History keeps reminding us of a few extraordinary people that believed in something and changed the world.

      We spend our youth thinking we'll have time to make a dicision on what to do with our lives, and then spend the rest of our lives believing we're out of time and wishing we were young again so we can choose a path, when all that matters is that we choose and that we believe in our choices, i don't think it's ever too late for that.

      I do appologise for the long comment, i just wanted to say i share your views, and on occasion your dispair, but the important thing is to never give up on our choices and to make each one count, then we will have something worthy to leave our children, a way to keep fighting for what's right!

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Joshua - thanks for the very nice comment.

      @Wayne - thank you sir. I like to think the good guys win too but sometimes it's too late for the aggrieved... it always feels like Wall Street or whomever just rolls along while others suffer. It's just a rant.... I hope the calvalry arrives. To get political for a brief moment I just think we need tough enforcement of the financial laws. If the military is there for our national security then I think the SEC should be funded to equivalent levels because I'm alot more worried about losing my 401k than I am about being killed by a terrorist...

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      An excellent presentation in verse of the emotional polarity we experience on a daily basis in America. I like to think that good trumps evil every time and the good guys always ride in to save the's getting late in the day and I'm starting to worry as to whether they are coming this time. Thanks for a good verse! WB

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      Levi Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the great read.

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @ahorseback - hey man... call me Mark... yeah we kinda get what we worship... money is glorified... having electronics and "big boy toys" is what the culture is all about.... Gordon Gecko is admired.... I stumbled on that picture and it was perfect.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Mr Poet , I saw a term used the other day in a book title 'They are We" and it got me thinking how much of what we dispise is our own fault. Great write.I love the picture.

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @fi fi - thank you... sometimes I take these things that happen in life personally so it makes it easier to write about...

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      fi fi 6 years ago from Niagara, Canada

      This piece is really well paced and your points hit the spot every time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it twice :)

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Ashantina - I suppose it is the wrong-headed pursuit of money that is the root of all evil. Not all successful people are dishonest or evil. But the money changers in charge of the world are who I point at....

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      Is money really the root of [all] evil or is it the people who own lots of it..?

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @hipcio – Thank you for reading… it is all an exercise in frustration…

      @Coexist – Thank you for commenting and you’re expression of a way of life is how you win. Don’t let them give you an excuse to compromise your principles. You are wise not to put a monetary price on these things.

      @Vydyulashashi – Thank you and it is gratifying to know there are those out there who do not follow the way of money…

      @More Than Words – Thank you and if by God you mean honesty then you are right…

      @Mentalist Acer – I believe Niccolo Machiavelli said what you have amended… Thank you….

      @b. Malin – Thank you and I it is a theme that springs to life in me on occasion… it just makes me sick sometimes….

      @Erin – Thank you. I have two beautiful children and I can’t stand the thought of them being herded around like sheep by people who sneer at the common man.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      SP, awesome and provocative. You pull no punches and that's what makes this a spectacular piece. The truth is all we have and the same question you ask is of course on everyone's mind...what kind of world are we leaving our children? Namaste.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      A wonderful, beautiful Tribute to this country and to its hard working people, and those that deceive as well...a powerful Poem, Suburban of your best!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      As they might amend the saying"Absolute wealth corrupts absoluty,the same as power".;)

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      Pamela Bogwald 6 years ago from Oak Ridge, NJ

      Evil will never win as long as you have God in your heart.

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      vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

      What a sensitive point and how beautifully you have elevated it. I agree with you.

      God Bless you!

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      Sarah Cooper 6 years ago from Muskegon, Michigan

      A subject that tugs at my heart as well. sometimes doing the right thing feels hopeless but I always keep in mind that evil can never "win" because it is always empty, there is no love in that place, no relationships, no morals, only greed and hatred and those are things I never want to feel.

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      hipcio 6 years ago from Poland

      Great! - Thank You so much, for all these question marks.

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Healing Touch - I feel very strongly about this sort of thing....

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Great poem. Very true facts indeed. Peace