Eric Cockrell

16 Penny Nails! - Poem by Eric Cockrell

strong harsh words,
16 penny nails driven
by a big hammer....

truth tears at the flesh
of the lie and the liar!
things arent pretty anymore.

hurt is real!
homeless is real!
jobless is real!

hunger is real!
the streets are real!
prison is real!

prejudice, oppression,
hatred, violence....
people used, and thrown away!

persecution... over religion,
over sexual choice,
over political viewpoints....

wars fought over oil fields,
riot squads beating peaceful protestors...
women losing the rights

to their own bodies....
lonliness, suicide, drug addiction....
a harsh picture, faces put on bodies....

and yet beneath it all
there still lies a beauty...
all human beings, all human beings,

made in the image of God!
how can we not respect each other?
and how can we overlook....

the value of life?
with trembling hands wiping away
the blood, sweat, and urine of life...

trembling hands that when joined
become the hands of prayer!
16 penny nails, with heart!

Comments about 16 Penny Nails! by Eric Cockrell

  • Silver Star - 4,093 Points Wahab Abdul (5/24/2013 2:19:00 AM)

    stop giving birth, stop having high hopes, there will be no want of, no frustration, no pangs or pains... Buddha did know more well...lovely.. like it.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 184 Points Karen Sinclair (6/19/2012 12:47:00 PM)

    In each flower there is beauty and every human, hope...great thought provoker which im glad lifted the spirit by the end... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 675 Points Marites C. Cayetano (6/16/2012 6:52:00 PM)

    I prefer to see only the beauty.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raja Nosherwan (6/12/2012 8:55:00 PM)

    Good going, my good sir! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Okoye Charles Chukwudi (2/22/2012 10:02:00 AM)

    This is so smooth...and clean...very nice are a preacher of truth....a philosopher....thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,537 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (2/5/2012 11:25:00 AM)

    A deeply thoughtfull piece of writing. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 828 Points Juan Olivarez (1/30/2012 8:29:00 AM)

    Strong and powerful piece, so much truth in your words. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 118 Points Ebi Robert (1/3/2012 3:55:00 PM)

    magical imagery on the row here. Love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 118 Points Ebi Robert (1/3/2012 3:54:00 PM)

    magical imagery on the row here. Love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points C. Cruz (12/3/2011 11:47:00 AM)

    Reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel 'Hammer & Nail': the laundry list of all that is human and not. Sometimes it feels like a bent 16 penny nail and other times we get driven home!


    c... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jacqui Broad (11/19/2011 12:04:00 PM)

    The walk of life. We are blessed if we can still see the beauty. I always learn from your poetry, thank you... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 19, 2011

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