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.

In The News:


The Economist (blog)

Remembering life in Romania under communist rule
The Economist (blog)
ON A RECENT Thursday night, a handful of Romanian poets gathered inside a Soviet-era themed bar in New York's East Village to commemorate the Romanian revolution. The irony was not lost on the writers, many of whom shared painful memories of life ...


Los Angeles Times

Teach This Poem seeks to make poetry accessible to students
Los Angeles Times
One of my favorite digital features is the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, in which a new poem is delivered, daily, via Web or email. I don't look at it all the time, but fairly often, and I am glad to know it's there. Here's a taste of today's ...
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The Independent

Jeremy Corbyn writes poetry on the train to work, he reveals
The Independent
“I do write quite a bit of poetry myself,” he said, adding that he had found time to write some verse whilst travelling on the train during the leadership campaign. Mr Corbyn also revealed that he was fond of creating “totally random paintings that are ...
Corbyn promises to release the painter or poet in everyoneThe Times (subscription)

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The New Yorker

Ecstasy of Influence
The New Yorker
Emerson paved the way for poets of genius, but his own brilliance lay elsewhere. Credit Illustration by Roman Muradov. In January of 1842, Ralph Waldo Emerson's firstborn child, Waldo, contracted scarlet fever and died within a week. He was five. He ...


ArtsBeat | Five Poets Receive Lucrative Fellowships
New York Times (blog)
Five poets received unusually lucrative good news on Tuesday, as the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced the recipients of the 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. Nate Marshall, Erika L. Sánchez, Danniel ...


WGME

Cuban-American poet hopes to further his mission of expanding poetry's reach
WGME
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Renowned poet Richard Blanco of Bethel has a new position that he hopes will further his mission of expanding poetry's reach. Blanco, who first reached notoriety when he was selected as President Obama's inaugural poet, is back ...


Patch.com

Sarah Lawrence College Launches John and Penny Barr Poetry Reading Series
Patch.com
Sarah Lawrence College is launching the John and Penny Barr Poetry Reading Series, a new offering celebrating the “ever-changing art of contemporary poetry.” Award-winning poet Joshua Mehigan, a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College's MFA ...


Casper Star-Tribune Online

Devils Tower hosts cowboy poetry celebration
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Celebrate the rich legacy of cowboy poetry Sunday at a special event hosted by Devils Tower National Monument. The Cowboy Poetry Festival will feature three cowboys who will share their Western culture and experiences. Robert Dennis is one of the ...


Charleston City Paper

Abstract painter Sussan Sanavandi draws from Iranian poetry
Charleston City Paper
Color might be the first thing you notice about Iranian artist Sussan Sanavandi's abstract paintings. Vibrant reds, blues, and golds saturate a canvas here, float into shapes inspired by the Persian alphabet there. "I love color," Sanavandi says. "I ...


NDTV

Javed Akhtar to Publish Grandfather's Poetry
NDTV
Noted lyricist and author Javed Akhtar is planning to publish a book on his grandfather Muztar Khairabadi's poetry. He said that while he was compiling the works of his grandfather he came to know that a popular nazm was actually written by Mr Khairabadi.
This generation is more liberal, says Javed AkhtarThe Hindu

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