In the News

Love Wins

Sourgirlohio wrote the following, and it elicited a poetic response in me. She’s kindly allowed me to reproduce her poem, so you understand mine.

A troubled world will still exist
So pay attention if you dare
The horror of the evening news
Will rip your heart out if you care

A shooting mars another day
With evidence of senseless hate
When innocents are killed en masse
Their culture to debilitate

And then a privileged college kid
Would take what cannot be returned
Then blame the victim for his crime
Our system hardly seems concerned

The internet is hardly safe
They mark religion with a frame
Attempting a preemptive strike
With parentheses around my name

Election cycle politics
Have reached a new and frightening low
The issues haven’t lost their weight
But still get lost amidst the show

So with hope we’re hanging on
While the world appears to burn
And though we’ll never douse the flames
There’s still a chance that we could learn

And I replied:

We flip a switch and find ourselves
Amidst a maelstrom world
Tragedies fly everywhere
A painful tilt-a-whirl

We cannot close our ears to it
Our eyes, or broken hearts
We must embrace the pain of it
If ever we’re to start

To find within ourselves that piece
(Call it ‘humanity’)
Which fits with every other soul
And looks compassionately

At all the pain and agony
Our world beset by strife
Establishing our purpose here
Our hope, our goal, our life

To right the balance bit by bit
Exchanging good for sins
Clinging to the notion that
Eventually, #LoveWins

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18 comments on “In the News

  1. bobcabkings says:

    Reading these, I could find not words to add. So, I listened to a song of love in troubled times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i84J_VaJmo

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  2. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Eventually, yes, eventually, it must

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sourgirlohio says:

    Reblogged this on Another Bad Conversation and commented:
    I want to thank Lizzi from The Well Tempered Bards for her beautiful response to my most recent post. She has kindly posted my poem and her response on her site, and I am now sharing that post with you.

    I was honored to find that Lizzi had read my current events panic attack and used it to convey an important truth – we can’t just look away when things are ugly. It hurts to see all the pain and injustice in the world, but it is this pain and discomfort with the status quo that drives change.

    And as compassionate citizens of this world, change in the face of injustice is our purpose.

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  4. Shirley Corder says:

    Two meaningful but heart-rending poems.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lizzi says:

      Thanks Shirley, and yes…it’s such a pity they even could be written. But such is the world, and such (I suspect) has it always been, to some degree or another.

      Like

  5. Dawn D says:

    Beautiful, both poems.
    Yes, here’s to working on helping love win.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Well done 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. stephen1001 says:

    Eventually Love wins indeed – thank you for writing this

    Liked by 1 person

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