Richard Lackman

Freshman - 647 Points (Philadelphia)

The Darker Side Of Man - Poem by Richard Lackman

Mankind is a mystery and I don't understand
Whether we are here by chance or guided by God's hand
There is so much good about us it could clearly fill a book
And yet to see the darker side you merely have to look

How can a species that can rise to love and empathy
Alternatively act with carelessness and cruelty
How is it that one person can be humble, kind and good
And yet another misbehave in ways they never should

It's hard for me to justify the darker side of man
Perhaps our goodness fades away if we no longer can
Obey the order that pervades our world and all within it
Or if we just accept a wicked act as we begin it

And yet despite the darkness I perceive there is more light
As people strive to vanquish poverty, disease and blight
With altruistic deeds to overcome evil and pride
As we elevate our nature and surmount the darker side


Comments about The Darker Side Of Man by Richard Lackman

  • Elena Sandu (5/27/2012 6:31:00 PM)


    Ahh, i am so sorry I can't rate it as I tried four times with 10! This poem touched me deep I think this is what needs badly to be fixed. We need to learn why and how. How to do to keep our darker side in a fair balance. I loved how you started the poem and gradually showed the difference and how the end came up with hope. Thank you, this is one of the most important questions world cannot all come to agree with a certain answer... (Report) Reply

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  • Heather Wilson (5/13/2012 4:48:00 PM)


    Ah, maybe some people`s darker side is out on show, and others hide it, being still there nevertheless, I like the thought and poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/13/2012 2:45:00 PM)


    A little more optimistic than my version Dick. Well penned. (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2012 12:39:00 PM)


    You're right. I think were to smart for our own good. It would be nice if everyone was kind hearted. Good message. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2012



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