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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Return to Betjemanland, BBC Four, review: 'proper poetry'
Telegraph.co.uk
In Return to Betjemanland (BBC Four), his biographer AN Wilson gave a fine account of the television broadcaster and former poet laureate's loves and locations. Most of all, Betjeman was rooted in place: Cornwall, where he was buried in 1984; Oxford, ...
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USA TODAY

Nick Cannon to publish illustrated poetry book for kids
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Lisa Knox (from left), Burl Ross, Evan Howells and Danielle Valentine in the Lakewood Theatre Company's production of the new Mel Brooks monster musical "Young Frankenstein." The play will kick off on Sept. 12 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts.


N. Scott Momaday at the Heard Museum
Indian Country Today Media Network
“In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright, N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) is an artist who has illustrated many of his books and poetry,” the museum says on its website. “The Heard presents this unique exhibit, which pairs Momaday ...

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The Sutter Brothers present poetry, song, and stories at the Edge
Herald Review
The Edge Center in Bigfork welcomes the Sutter Brothers of Duluth with their music, poetry, and stories for an entertaining afternoon at 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 7. Ross specializes in music with Scandinavian, Celtic, and American folk traditions sung and ...


East Anglian Daily Times

Review: The Poetry Prom, Snape Maltings,
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I didn't know what to expect from the Poetry Prom. Both location and name seemed to suggest it would be a rather highbrow affair full of sombre, intellectual wordplay. However, Poetry Trust director, Naomi Jaffa, soon dispelled any of these ...


ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)

Phoenix to host 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam
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PHOENIX, Ariz. - Phoenix is welcoming 72 poets from around the world and countless fans to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) beginning Wednesday, October 8. The three-day competition and arts festival will include discussions, workshops, ...


Mark Doty kicks off Calliope Poetry Reading Series
Wicked Local Mashpee
The Calliope Poetry Reading Series at West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Highway, will open its eighth season on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. with National Book Award- winning poet and Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, Mark Doty ...

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Snark and sexting are making Patricia Lockwood a young poetry star
Public Radio International
At age 32, Patricia Lockwood is making a splash in the poetry world — as you might expect, considering that her rise to literary fame included the publication of a 1200-word poem called "Rape Joke." ...

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