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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New poetry by area poets to be featured on buses
The State
New works of poetry and accompanying photography, displayed on placards normally used for advertising, are once again being placed inside Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses for the 2014-2015 edition of the Poetry in Transit initiative.


Palo Alto Online

Pure poetry: Resident Barbara Allen creates Palo Alto's first 'poetry post'
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Palo Alto native Barbara Allen has loved poetry since childhood. Raised by an aunt who lived on Coleridge Avenue, she played along streets named for some of the world's most celebrated poets: Tennyson, Melville, Coleridge and Emerson. As a teen, Allen ...

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Marshalltown Times Republican

Poetry winner
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Ellen Podhajsky, right, won the Seventh annual Poetry Out Loud contest recently at Marshalltown High School. At left is state Poetry Out Loud Director Yvette Hermann and pictured at center is emcee Chandler Fisher. In the contest, students recite two ...


Limerick Post

Doolin to loop prose with the poetry
Limerick Post
POETS and writers are being invited to submit entries to the third annual Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition 2015. Hotel Doolin, in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry, says that for the first time their competition includes a poetry ...


American Life in Poetry: No. 508
The Recorder
It seems we're born with a need for stories, for hearing them and telling them. Here's an account of just one story, made remarkable in part by the teller's aversion to telling it. Poet Mary Avidano lives in Nebraska. City Lights. My father, rather a ...

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Hope releases his first book of poetry
Bradenton Herald
JUNEAU, Alaska — Ishmael Hope spent six years putting together his first collection of poetry, "Courtesans of Flounder Hill," a period of time in which the manuscript went through many changes — as did Hope himself. Among them: He became a father to ...


Review: 'This Bird of Dawning' illuminates Christmas story with music, dance ...
Salt Lake Tribune
The performance uses dance, pantomime, and an eclectic selection of poetry and music to tell the Christmas story. The title comes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," but several of the poems are local. Since the story begins with the Magi setting out to find ...


The Guardian

Imtiaz Dharker awarded Queen's gold medal for poetry
The Guardian
She added: “Hers is a unique perspective and an essential voice in the diversity of English-language poetry. It is a moral force – a force for good and a force for change – that refuses to see the world as anything less personal than an extended ...

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Ishmael Hope releases his first book of poetry
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
JUNEAU, Alaska - Ishmael Hope spent six years putting together his first collection of poetry, "Courtesans of Flounder Hill," a period of time in which the manuscript went through many changes - as did Hope himself. Among them: He became a father to ...

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The Columbian

'Tis the season for the magic of poetry (part 3 of 3): The New Year Cometh
Examiner.com
It therefore comes as no surprise that an online group such as Black Poets Speak Out should have banded together to do exactly that. Following the death of Michael Brown in August, they offered the following as a rallying cry to which many subsequently ...
African-American poets get their dueThe Columbian

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