Ruth Walters

The Human Condition - Poem by Ruth Walters

They're all like minded,
they dress the same,
they're in the group,
safely, together,
following the same rules,
the same beliefs,
never wavering,
never thinking
for themselves,
outside the box,
or ‘helicoptering in' from above,
no looking at the question
from a different perspective.
They're locked in
by each other
not wishing to rock the boat
they stick to their beliefs,
they stick together,
and I look at them
and I wonder.
what would happen
if it all fell apart,
crumbled away
until one day
there was only one left,
one little person,
standing up
‘this is what I believe'.
and then I shake,
and then I quake
to think
that's all it takes
just one
at the right time
in the right place
under the right conditions
to ignite a hell hole!
It's the human condition,
the sticky clique,
the collective.

Comments about The Human Condition by Ruth Walters

  • Nicole Settimi (11/6/2018 1:24:00 PM)

    'this is what I believe'.
    and then I shake,
    and then I quake
    to think
    that's all it takes' - love all of it and especially this part! Great write.

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  • Bri Edwards (8/5/2014 11:19:00 PM)

    VERY, VERY interesting. Catholic leaders during the Inquisition, Nazis, ..............what else could you be talking about? maybe you weren't speaking of such such horrible things as those. you really rolled right along with this one. the 'and then there was just one' part, and the 'hell hole' part were the most challenging parts for me; oh yeah, the 'helicopter' part also. maybe i don't get it the way you get it, but i still liked it.
    thanks for sharing. :) bri

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  • (8/16/2012 11:39:00 PM)

    Great thoughts here and the nucleus of so much over the course of human history. Love the phrase 'sticky clique'. the last 4 lines say it all. When I was younger I wrote a poem 'To individuals' which I put on PH recently and rings a chord with your fine poem. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 13, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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