Being Human (a Poem)
When beginning to write about the human heart,
It suddenly dawned on me: where do I start?
Such incredibly complex creatures we are,
Expressing it in words’d be like swimming through tar!
So I decided, pushing aside my locks,
To grit my teeth and pull up my socks,
And to you, fellow humans, did I so ask
That you answer one question in a challenging task.
This exigent question did I thus pitch:
“As humans, what is our biggest glitch?”
Is it our fear or anger or sadness?
The responses I got caused a brilliant madness.
Surprisingly, no one mentioned our body;
That we cannot run fast because we’re so cloddy.
So, it seems from it all we have underlined
That our ‘superior’ stance is all down to our mind.
Yet, how ironic it appears that our biggest strength
Has now turned against us and swum another length;
Our intelligence, once used to help us survive,
Now means that from other humans we rive.
Yes, we imagine, we create, but most of all
We have a knack for causing other humans to brawl,
Be it simply by scuffing on a Saturday night,
Or be it by the abuse of a human right.
All of these things make us lose sight
Of the truly important issues about which we fight.
“An endangered species? Why should I care?
It might just taste good, so who cares if it’s rare?”
Yes, gluttony is what I’m getting at;
Selfishness is just what makes humans get fat.
But this is not the sole sin of our mind;
Many more flaws in the human being can we find.
The human soul is full of greed;
It’s almost impossible to do a selfless good deed.
The dollar bill tells us "In God we trust",
When money itself is a thing of lust.
All these imperfections we are unable to hide;
Our greed, our gluttony, our lust and our pride.
Admittedly, in this moment I am displaying such a sin
As I am hoping this work will soon be a win.
Sloth: another of our flaws
(Although this is also displayed in creatures with paws).
I can’t even be bothered to reach for the TV control
Which explains very well why I’m also on the dole.
And don’t get me started on the envy that’s in us
And the amount of times that it’s caused us to cuss!
“Who’s she? Where are you? What are you doing?”
In marriage, this can even end in a suing.
And now, here it comes, last but not least,
As we look at ourselves in a critical feast.
Who could forget the emotion of wrath,
The anger, the rage, the fire we hath?
Other people, this poem they surely will smother,
As it is written by one human and read by another.
No one of us can please every human being;
While one person’s thriving another is fleeing.
It’s absolutely true that we humans are flawed;
Indeed, despite all our luxuries, we still can get bored.
But the fact that we have all these complex emotions
Shows us nature is more than just land and oceans.
We see the patterns on a butterfly’s wing
And think “Wow, nature – what a wonderful thing!”
When all people around each and every nation
Forget that we actually are that wonderful creation.
We are all beautiful, complex and unique
Even when our wicked minds think “That person’s a freak!”
Open your eyes to the beauty around you
And let nature and its handiwork engulf and surround you.
Let’s admire our generosity, our humour, our kindness,
And stop seeing things through our short-sighted blindness.
We, as humans, with our each and every blunder
Should just close our eyes, smile, and gasp “Nature – what a wonder!”
Daniella Wood © 2015