A World That Doesnt Care

War bombs may explode demolishing man and land.
Hurricanes may devastate and leave us entirely bare.
Earthquakes may devour and swallow up old landmarks.
But nothing is as destructive as a world that doesn't care.

Smog may be an atrocious bother in our daily living.
We all suffer significantly from pollution in the air.
Intoxicants may be debilitating to those who will imbibe.
But nothing is as troublesome as a world that doesn't care.

Embezzlers may run off with money not their own.
A spouse may engage in an extra-marital affair.
Some folks may be malicious, evil, mean and rude.
But nothing is as tragic as a world that doesn't care.

The rich may all get richer as the poor languish behind.
The aged may find their last days are lived in solitaire.
The young may be lost in a confusing world maze.
But nothing is as dreadful as a world that doesn't care.

Diabetes may be incurable and challenge the appetite.
Cancer may be ubiquitous, creating turmoil and despair.
Kidneys may suddenly fail and require dialysis.
But nothing is as fatal as a world that doesn't care.

Our world has many problems for solutions to be found.
Great trials and tribulations on mankind can overbear.
But hope remains alive however small the sparks may be,
If the world does not let leave of its capacity to care.

Rev. Saundra L. Washington, is an ordained clergywoman, social worker, and Founder of AMEN Ministries, http://www.clergyservices4u.org. She is also the author of two coffee table books: Room Beneath the Snow, Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances, Homilies that Teach.

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Fallen Journalist Finds Solace and Success in Poetry
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Sometimes, the words come to her on the Garden State Parkway or on the Outerbridge Crossing, snippets of verse that capture a flash of light, an eruption of color, a piercing cry. She recites the words aloud, burning them into memory, as she steps out ...


The Guardian

The Costa book of the year contender bringing poetry to class
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Finding the poetry in your tweets
Washington Post
Those are the opening lines of a four-stanza poem titled “Of Comments,” written by one of the world's emerging great poets: Twitter dot com, with an assist by yours truly. Twitter, of course, didn't actually write that poem, but a new tool called ...


Walworth County woman wants poetry to be part of life
Janesville Gazette
For more information about Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin's new poet laureate, visit kblaeser.org or facebook.com and search for Kimberly M. Blaeser. When I was a child, my father surprised our family at breakfast one snowy morning with a flurry of ...


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Poetry slams into Bellingham
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Though the poetry reading now happens in the living room, the atmosphere has changed little from McGee's original event. People still bring food to potluck and there can be a shortage of elbowroom. Poetry flows and Kitchen Sessions shows little sign of ...


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'Helping the Morning'
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8:56 a.m., Jan. 27, 2015--Jeanne Murray Walker's eighth book of poetry, Helping the Morning, is more than a collection of new work by a poet whose writing has been described as providing readers with a “down-to-earth vision of the transcendent.” The ...


Late-night poetry and jazz coming to iDiOM
Bellingham Herald
The iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave., is starting late-night events and one of them is a series of poetry and jazz slams. At 10 p.m. on the last Friday of every month, Tobias Childs, a Dead Parrots Society alum who has performed at the Upfront Theater ...


Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Burns: Careful not to mix politics and poetry
Concord Monitor
Yes, we have poets laureate, both national and in most states. The national one is – wisely – appointed by the Librarian of Congress after much consultation with former poets laureate, respected poetry critics and the like, a process that (unlike many ...
Walsh: South Dakota has 'vibrant' talent in poetrySioux Falls Argus Leader
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Appleton Post Crescent

Appleton seeks entries for sidewalk poetry program
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The city is now accepting entries for the second year of its sidewalk poetry program. Last year, Appleton stamped six poems into concrete as part of its sidewalk rehabilitation regimen. It was inspired by a similar effort that started in St. Paul ...

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