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Who Indeed

Updated on December 9, 2013
Human behavior from Dorotka Lesnianska flickr.com
Human behavior from Dorotka Lesnianska flickr.com

Who Indeed

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Who calls ignorance to attention,

when life teeters on the edge of oblivion,

and a gormless self-absorbed mind,

grins ignominiously at the inevitable.


Who bothers to nudge the distracted,

standing one step from a fall,

blind to self-abuse and awareness,

in the throws of a narrow life.


Who would peal apart the skin of this fruit,

tear away the coarse outer shell,

to realise the potential of gifts within,

the sweet, succulent nourishment abundant.


And who would sit patiently,

disaster after disaster,

awaiting a single glimpse of promise,

from a life barely standing.


Who indeed would bother with us,

our persistent arrogant mistakes amassed,

learning little from ourselves,

bar the repetitions of self-indulgence.


Yes, only we could do all this,

by our own hand,

our own conscience pleading redemption,

for all that makes us human.


Only we can change, by decision,

become aware, see our folly,

and restore the faith that life itself has in us,

before we destroy ourselves and everything around us.


We are in this alone; we can share, we can commiserate, but ultimately if we want our lives to change, it can only happen by our own hand.

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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you found it inspirational Johly. Thanks for dropping by.

    • johly beichhualai profile image

      Johly Beichhualai 

      4 years ago from Mizoram

      beautiful poem. I was always inspired by your poem.Great poem..

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it Mr Happy; your comment much appreciated.

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Wonderful poem! Brilliant.

      "Who indeed would bother with us,

      our persistent arrogant mistakes amassed,

      learning little from ourselves,

      bar the repetitions of self-indulgence."

      I think I heard someone say not long ago that Mr. Mandela said that poverty was created by humans and so, we are the ones who can do away with it - if we wish. I think we can. : )

      Thank You for writing this. Will share.

      All the very best!

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