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What has happened to Human Kind? - A poem by Richard Mawby

Updated on September 25, 2013

This poem remains near to my heart. I feel strongly about the impact our race has had upon the beauty of the world, namely nature, and I wrote this poem some time ago while I was amidst deep thought regarding this topic.

It is a poem that expresses my views upon our species and how we have deviated from our natural course of life. I hope the following words will touch the hearts of those who can relate to them and I hope through sharing this on hubpages many people will enjoy and appreciate this poem.


What has happened to Human Kind?

What has happened to human kind?

Destruction to all good that we find

Replaced with prisons in which we live

And hard earned wages to them we must give

But those who cause no harm at all

Suffer the most with nowhere to fall

Chucked out from home and all they know

Upon the roads, no kindness we show

What happened to a friendly hello?

Or simply a smile to a passing fellow

Replaced by ignorance and solemn faces

No manners are shown, we are split by races


Ruled by those who are filled with greed

Or hungry with power, no care what we need

Though supposedly free, we are held up for ransom

Our lives we must waste to society’s tantrum

What ever stopped us from living in peace?

No need for war, wasted lives all deceased

Such thirst for conquest, hard-headed and all

To not destroy cultures, or be so cynical


When did ever we have the right to this place?

To own woodlands, fields, it’s such a disgrace

And later destroy than live with the rest

Of all of god’s creatures, even those pests

I don’t understand why to us nature’s nothing

Such beauty and magic, all gone with constructing

Such eye saws that tower right up to the skies

All once thriving, it withers and dies

We are not all that different to such animals

Who surround us daily, they should be our pals

Our equals in this once magnificent kingdom

Now ruined, destroyed, and gone is its’ wisdom;

By Richard Mawby ©



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    • RichardMawby profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Mawby 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Susan!

      Seen and replied to your email. Take care and talk to you soon. =]

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      susan brinklow 

      4 years ago

      I love your words, have sent you an email and bought your book, if I knew how to vote you up on hub I would! But I don,t so have shared your link on facebook :-)

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      Richard Mawby 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      That is true, but unfortunately there is nothing we can do for what is already lost.

      I believe that if we stay on this path, nature will one day find a way to prevent us from carrying on unless we learn to embrace the true beauty of this earth.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes thats true, an encouraging sign. Though it's too late for the black rhino and many other now extinct species.

    • RichardMawby profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Mawby 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Jodah, much appreciated :D

      Oh indeed, however I feel that we may be on the turn for the better, slowly but surely more and more people are awakaning to the possabilities that are out there and taking control of their own lives rather than being governed.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful poem with an urgent message Richard. Good to see another so concerned with the downward spiral our world is taking. Your writing needs to be seen and shared. Voted up by me.

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      Richard Mawby 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Bhargvi :D

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      Bhargvi Sharma 

      6 years ago from jammu ( India)

      Great Poem!!! voted up... :)

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      Richard Mawby 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for the comment ComfortB - Exactly, there is so much more to life than what we witness on a daily basis, however the unfortunate influence that society has upon most of us clouds the possibilities that are open to us if we simply choose to seek them.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      What has happened to human kind? Great question indeed! We were created with the ability to be a compassionate, loving, and caring species. All we see now are people with a merciless, care-less attitude to life.

      Great poem. Voted up and beautiful.


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