Alfred Barna

What Will Come To Pass? - Poem by Alfred Barna

How has it been easy for us to condemn
Men who have perpetrated what we have done, as bad
Yet, have not revisited upon our actions once again
Then within my heart, we've lost any argument we had
Any law is not law, if not equally applied
Any truth is not truthful, if to ourselves we have lied
Justice is not judgement, but a farce indeed
A way to act as gate keeper for men full of greed
Fining the uninitiated with fees galore
Whilst those known, a wink, and in hell a score
What will come to pass?

How easy it is amongst strangers to spot thieves
Amongst those unfamiliar, quick enemies abound
Yet suddenly, ne'er do wells no one sees
Once among our friends we have been found
Rare is one who judges without cheating scales
One who will not stretch a law, when a friend it entails
Yet fierce and unyielding wield upon those we hate
When we would not swallow so easily, were it our fate
You cannot persuade evil to confer something that is good
This is the importance of what man has misunderstood
What will come to pass?

How careless we judge when amongst friends
Whilst those suspect are relentlessly spied
How easy our hearts and minds are to make amends
How quickly we are drawn to take this or that side
Silly it seems for men to judge or acquit
For we are all guilty in this flesh that we sit
Advantage we take, yet to quarter none given
Fast to give mercy to the dead, none to the living
History is full of enemies we call evil, ill-willed
This makes it easier for us when they are killed
What will come to pass?

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

How can I not be haunted? We hung men in Nuremberg for similar philosophies we seem to have adopted - preemptive wars. Using depleted uranium shells against enemies, killing our own troops, as well as innocents for millennium. There is no moral imperative to kill and destroy. There is an imperative to regain morals, we must hold ourselves as accountable as those we point to as foes. You cannot perpetrate evil in the hopes of doing good. Doing evil, only makes one evil.

Comments about What Will Come To Pass? by Alfred Barna

  • Patricia Grantham (9/16/2013 7:30:00 AM)

    A very good informative write. You have so plainly explained the
    aspects of good and evil. The human experience is so full of
    problems and adversity. Ultimately in the end good will overcome evil.
    A very potent write.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 14, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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