Eric Cockrell


Sounds Of The Earth - Poem by Eric Cockrell

i feel the sounds of the earth,
cant say how or why!
the hurtling swagger of rivers,
the deep bass stillness of mountains.
the whispered longing of the trees,
dancing naked in moonlight.
the hymn of the grasses,
calling forth life.
the groan of the earth,
just turned by the plow!

i hear the reggae beat of the cities,
the hum of movement and work.
the chords of factories and mills,
the horns blown by the shops.
even the hollow beat
of business, of buy and sell.
and the low gutteral moan,
of the homeless, jobless, and lost.

feet without names,
marching without direction.
the cries of young children
afraid and hungry in the night.
the bang of the idol chasers,
the wranglers, and the pimps...
some working the market,
some working the parish.

i hear the sounds of the demons,
that cry war in the night.
that bang the bloody drums
of patriotism and fear.
i hear the sounds of the guns,
the thunder of the bombs.
the last prayers of young men,
dying alone in their fear.
i hear the shuffle of the money,
the boots beneath the table.
i hear the sound of the shovels,
digging grave after grave.
i hear the pen on the page,
as history is written,
in a book that not even
hell could contain!

i hear the churning of stomachs,
the grating of bones.
the tremble beneath
paper thin flesh.
i hear bare feet on the road,
the poor seeking refuge.
i hear the women weeping
as child after child dies.
and i hear the clank of glasses,
food shoveled on plates.
the shallow laughter,
the hypnotic hum of excess.
the condemning guilt,
food thrown in the trash.
the restless panting of the dogs,
just outside the door.


Comments about Sounds Of The Earth by Eric Cockrell

  • (5/29/2012 12:15:00 AM)


    An incredibly beautiful hymn celebrating pride strength in nature before the contrasted turn in cities civilizations, the crime of greed excess hoarding life blood of the dispossessed. An exceptional poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/26/2012 11:38:00 AM)


    A great poem. the fight must go on, no more hungry and scared children, (Report) Reply

  • (5/24/2012 10:43:00 PM)


    What are we going to do for it? Tough world and a tough question! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 24, 2012


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