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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Wausau Daily Herald

Poet laureate to speak on poetry's links visual art
Wausau Daily Herald
The award-winning poet, essayist and fiction writer will lead a reading and reception titled “Photography & Poetry” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. Garland also will present “Be Transported,” a poetry workshop, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec 6. The ...


A Poetry Reading And Tribute To The Late, Unforgettable Bill Knott
WBUR
But he also won the Iowa Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and published many books and chapbooks, mostly under his real name. He was a poet of contradictions and a dark sense of humor. Robert Pinsky called his poems “thorny.


MyCentralJersey.com

Voorhees High School senior to sign poetry collection
MyCentralJersey.com
“It's hard to explain what inspires me to write poetry,” Goldsmith said. “Sometimes I think of a good idea for a poem, and other times I've just seen a movie that was really mind-blowing. I gain a lot of inspiration from emotional funks I get into ...


AMERICAN LIFE IN POETRY: 'The "j" rises to the surface'
MyWebTimes.com
What was it we wanted / to say anyhow, like today / when there were all the letters / in my alphabet soup and suddenly / the "j" rises to the surface. / The "j," a letter that might be / great for Scrabble, but not really / used for much else, unless ...
10 Great Titles for the Poet's Wish ListHuffington Post
American Life in Poetry: Nov. 29Ames Tribune

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WBUR

At Harvard, Technology Resurrects Long-Silent Voices Of Poets
WBUR
Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room is home to thousands of archived recordings from some of the most important English language-poets of the age — T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR). CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Imagine being around ...

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Daily Mail

Lebanese 'giant of poetry' Said Aql dead at 102
Daily Mail
Lebanese poet Said Aql, whose work was loved by Arab readers but who hated Arabism so much that he invented a latinised version of the Lebanese dialect, died Friday aged 102. Aql championed Lebanese nationalism, while often espousing contradictory ...
Prominent Lebanese poet Akl dies at over 100 years oldReuters UK
Lebanon mourns loss of yet another giant, poet Said AklThe Daily Star
Lebanon, giant of poetry, Aql, deadGulf Times

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New York Times

Claudia Rankine on 'Citizen' and Racial Politics
New York Times
A finalist for the National Book Award in poetry, Claudia Rankine's “Citizen: An American Lyric” is audacious in form. But what is perhaps especially striking about the book is that it has achieved something that eludes much modern poetry: urgency ...


Calgary Sun

Bloody Poetry in Reeve Theatre ' a treat for the senses, not some dry history ...
Calgary Sun
"Shelley, Mary Shelley and her sister Claire Clairmont and Polidori all came under the sway of Byron and were lumped in with him in the public eye," says Brian Smith, who is directing Bloody Poetry in the Reeve Theatre until Dec. 6. Smith points out ...


On Poetry: Stevie Howell's [Sharps] gives evidence that “anything can happen”
National Post
1179 To the Southern Ontario kid raised on Fox 29's down-market commercials, who knows the shibboleth of a Fucillo “huge” and can sing the Cellino & Barnes jingle by heart, there's a particular kind of innocence that's lost when you first visit Buffalo.


How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?
New York Times
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. Shelley once called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” This week, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the social role of poetry has changed since ...

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