Eric Cockrell


I Dont Even Know Their Names! - Poem by Eric Cockrell

his spirit left his body,
and walked through the hells.
a firm voice spoke:
'keep your eyes open,
look, and see! '

he saw dark skinned children,
their bodies frail and thin,
their features carved with hunger.
he saw women and children,
running from the bombs,
young men gunned down,
in the streets.
he saw the homeless family,
sleeping in a beaten old car,
hoping no one would come
to make them move.
he saw the young addict shaking,
the young woman helpless,
her baby crying in the bare apartment.
he saw the young man sent to prison,
trying to hide his fear,
a fear so strong they
could smell it on him!
he saw the woman who'd been beaten,
the man jobless and angry.
he saw millions of Native Americans,
slaughtered, and left for the crows.
he saw the old couple hungry,
in their apartment with no lights,
and no heat in the dead of winter...

'i cant take it any more,
what has this got to do with me?
i dont even know their names! '



'their names are anybody, and everybody...
they are why you must return.
they are your children, your
brothers and sisters, your father
and your mother...
they are your responsibility!
you must return to finish the work! '


Comments about I Dont Even Know Their Names! by Eric Cockrell

  • Ruby Honeytip (11/29/2012 3:08:00 PM)


    And human kindness is overflowing from you again. First gather numbers and make them see. The rest will unfold....bit by bit. Keep going: -) (Report) Reply

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  • (5/19/2012 1:02:00 PM)


    A great poem, somethings just get to us, peoples pain is one of them,
    when you see women and children suffer it's a hard thing to get out of your head.
    A great write.
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  • Neela Nath Das (5/19/2012 9:46:00 AM)


    A strong protest against all the oddities of real life.But, It won't stop unless and until their conscience stars working.Nice! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 19, 2012



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