G.R. Gaus

Rookie - 141 Points (April 11 1950 / St. Louis)

Silent Tears - Poem by G.R. Gaus

I have a good life; it's simple and free,
Nothing much ever; bothers me,
If I can forget about the poor,
That child who needs more,

Keep it invisible, impossible to see.

I don't need to know about genocide,
Starving people, millions who've died,
I'm safe and warm, fed and dry,
Somehow, I'll always get by,

All the others, can be set aside.

South Africa and the Middle East,
Prisoners who won't be released,
Suicide missions, a crowded place,
Intentions solely upon their race,

Doesn't affect me, in the least.

A motherless child lay in the street,
Gunfire signifies unending defeat,
Rebels cry freedom from birth,
Blood stains deep the earth,

My silence still remains discreet.

A troubled world in which we live,
Rather to fight, than ever forgive,
No one person can stop the wars,
Rather make a wish, upon the stars,

Trace the beginning, time to relive.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

It is very difficult to ignore the living conditions and lack of respect for human life in parts of the world, daily accounts of mass killings either through war or acts of terrorism.
Even as I try to avoid dwelling on these stories, I can't help but shed some silent tears…..

Comments about Silent Tears by G.R. Gaus

  • Valerie Dohren (4/6/2012 3:00:00 PM)


    A superb poem - we all feel helpless in the face of so much adversity, and this is very well expressed here. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 6, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, June 22, 2013


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