Raymond Farrell

Gold Star - 25,332 Points (02/09/1954 / Perth, Ontario)

We Should Mourn - Poem by Raymond Farrell

We should mourn
We should hang out heads in shame
As human beings
When we contemplate
The passion that fuels the zeal
Causing man's inhumanity
Towards his fellow man
The butchering and slaughtering
And unending carnage
No sooner
Does it cease
In one place
But it starts up
In another
The earth has become soggy
With the blood of the slain
But every single day
All day long
Ever hour on the hour
The same horrendous images
Flash across the screen
In people's homes or
From TVs for sale in malls
Over and over.

The shock and horror
Has been completely eroded
And now people
Just stand and gawk
Nonchalantly some lick
Ice cream cones
And shuffle from one foot
To the other
Impatiently but apathetically
Waiting
For the frame to change
So they can see
The latest football scores
You would think
By the way they act
That the atrocities
Being committed
Across the ocean
Or the continent
Were being perpetrated
By aliens
On some distant planet
And not by their fellow man
Who just a short flight away
Is busy murdering his fellow man
But such is the level of indifference today.

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Comments about We Should Mourn by Raymond Farrell

  • Kelly Kurt (9/22/2015 12:01:00 PM)


    A hauntingly accurate assessment, Raymond. To a degree, an entire generation or two in the west have grown up with such images and have become inured to them. Some local disaster or even 9/11 temporarily wake some up to the reality of mans constant atrocities toward each other, but it quickly goes back to an attitude of; it doesn't effect me. If our broadcasts are picked up by an alien civilization, they most likely would judge us all as liable for not doing something other than gawking.
    I hope your poem strikes a similar nerve in those who read it.
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    Raymond Farrell (9/23/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    Your comment is sadly true and sums up the current situation completely.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 22, 2015


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