Danny Draper

Freshman - 716 Points (14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Bad And Good - Poem by Danny Draper

If opposite bad is good
Where does that leave evil?
Those times un-ordinary
When the fabric unravels
And dark deeds have no equal.
Those times recorded and retold
Of agony and grief
And calamity and hatred of war
Often prolonged, or terrible and brief,
That cannot sit with good or bad
And just beggers belief.
But beneath the pall
Of dispersing light
Deeds of love and selflessness
Courage and sacrifice
Spark, flash and ignite
From an eternal glow
That which cannot be extinguished
And goes where darkness goes,
Darkness ready to absorb the light,
Light ready to expose the dark void.
But dark events get coverage
An imbalance mostly seen
While myriad events of love and kindness
Like photons shine unnoticed,
And great good things hard to explain
Perhaps fortune of randomness
Happen every moment, hidden on the main
Babes are born, the sick pull through
Accidents don’t occur contrary to circumstance
The lost are found despite the odds
A smile, thank you to a helping hand
A child’s “I love you”, a kiss goodbye
All deeds of warmth and lightness
Unreported because they are
What is right in the every day!
So what opposes the sad, sad dark?
Connections inexplicable
Nature’s unseen links reticular
‘Whisper heard from a raging storm
Ensnared by selfless reaching arms,
Weave flow ubiquitous, oblivious, inextricable,
A light that shines its essence
Manifestation of all things good;
Unquenchable beacon at its pinnacle
Easily statistical coincidence,
Or perhaps it is the miracle.


Comments about Bad And Good by Danny Draper

  • Bri Edwards (5/21/2013 10:06:00 PM)


    danny, i'm not sure if this poem is giving some credit to a supreme creator; i don't believe in God anymore..... though it would not shock me if i someday felt i found proof of such a thing. sometimes it is tempting to once again believe. a lot of your lines i did not fully understand, but i follow and liked reading the following:

    Like photons shine unnoticed,
    And great good things hard to explain
    Perhaps fortune of randomness
    Happen every moment, hidden on the main
    Babes are born, the sick pull through
    Accidents don’t occur contrary to circumstance etc.

    thanks for sharing. and there ARE positive-focused publications out there but i guess they need to be searched for by those who are fed up with the negative realities of life. people who see their news on newspaper stands and at store checkout counters need to look elsewhere. but, perhaps, the tales of inconvenience and misery so common in many publications are uplifting to many as they point out to many of us that our lives
    COULD be much worse. bri
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  • (3/14/2012 4:27:00 AM)


    How true is this... That we only ever hear of the tyrannical, unbelievable, disrespected, deceitful and if we are really lucky one diddy human interest story at the end of the news, just so we don't trot off and have nightmares... It would be fabulous if there was a ten minute programme a day of goodwill. I think the news has always been under the misconception that all we want is doom and gloom. How wrong they are as on Facebook, thousands a day look forward to the nice clips downloaded by whimp.com... Great write dear poet. Thank you karen (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (3/10/2012 2:36:00 AM)


    Empathy is a wonderful thing as is this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2012 4:23:00 PM)


    So heart-wrenching. I especially love the lines:

    All deeds of warmth and lightness
    Unreported because they are
    What is right in the every day!

    I have always wondered why the news only reports misery and pain in the world and maybe that is the answer. Although I disagree with the last line; things that are good and true are not miracles but humans trying their best to be wonderful to each other. But then again, maybe the kindness in humans is a miracle in itself.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, January 30, 2012


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