"What was war?"

I want to live in a world
where my daughter asks me
"What was war?"

Perhaps that is too much to hope,
but I have always had high expectations
of the human species.
I have cherished dreams
of smiling children
unafraid of pollution,
unafraid of nuclear fallout,
unafraid of God
or others sharing their Latin name.
I have dreamed of a return
to what is essential
rather than what is easy
or cheap
or materially enriching;
a return to introspection,
intellectualism, innocence
in a world where life is not a fight
for power,
but a debate
for enlightenment.

I want to live in a world
where my son asks me
"What were hate crimes?"

Perhaps this dream is too big --
I have realized
that when you are fighting for humanity,
you often find that your greatest opponent
is humanity itself.
But although we are our own infection,
we are also the only thing
that could ever save us.
And for the most "sophisticated,"
"civilized" species on earth,
I do not think
that this is too much
to hope for.





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Aderes18 said...
Apr. 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm
I once had a thought like this too. Instead mine's was more specific. After the Egyptian revelution, I thought of a world where the Middle East was a peaceful place, like a tourist spot.
 
lizzie625 said...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm
dang dude i just read like half of your poems and each one of them is as good as all the rest. I really like this one, too.
 
oracle-of-nonsense This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Wow, thanks for taking all that time, I know there's quite a few to get through. ;) I'm glad you liked them. :)
 
lizzie625 replied...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm
yeah your so welcome it sounds like you're really close to your boyfriend too that's really awesome
 
lizzie625 replied...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 2:16 pm
i noticed some of the poetry you wrote about him i write alot of poetry about ex-boyfriends so i guess ican relate to you on that. job well done.
 
oracle-of-nonsense This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm
I am very close to him. We've been together almost two years, it'll be two years in October.  I've definitely got some "ex" poetry up here as well. Again, thanks for reading. :)
 
Aderes18 replied...
Apr. 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

AWWW!

That's very sweet!

 
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