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AS I SIT WITH THOUGHTS I CAN’T ERASE,

MY MIND GOES BACK TO EARLIER DAYS

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND KNEW NO FEAR

AND NEVER THOUGHT TO SHED A TEAR.

WE KNEW LITTLE THEN OF PAIN AND SORROW

NO THOUGHT FOR PRESENT OR TOMORROW.

THE CAREFREE LIFE TOO QUICK DID FLY

THEN ALL TOO SOON WE LEARNED TO CRY.

THE GROWING UP, THE RETRIBUTION

PROBLEMS TO WHICH WE’D NO SOLUTION.

TIMES WHEN WE WOULD STAND AND STARE

AND WONDER DID WE REALLY CARE.

THE WARS,THE PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE,

OUR POLITICIANS LOOKING VAGUE.

NO ANSWER TO OUR TALES OF WOE

JUST BLOCK IT OUT, JUST LET IT GO

THE POOR, THE HOMELESS, DESTITUTE

DO WE REALLY GIVE A HOOT

DO WE CARE WHO LIVES, WHO DIES

DEAF EARS TURNED TO PLEADING CRIES.

PEOPLE DWELL IN ABJECT SQUALOR.

“HEY MISTER CAN YOU SPARE A DOLLAR”

WITH QUICKENED PACE WE WALK ON BY

WE DON’T SEE THE TEARS IN A CHILDS EYE.

WE SEE THAT CHILD IN ABJECT PAIN

AND WONDER WILL IT EAT AGAIN.

NO ONE LOOKS, NO ONE CARES.

MORE INTERESTED IN STOCKS AND SHARES

WHILE TALKING LOUD OF LIVING FREE

WE DON’T SHARE LIFE’S EQUALITY

WE ARE TOO CONCERNED WITH WHO WE ARE

WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT MYANMAR

BUT THEN ONE DAY WE WAKE TO FIND

CHAOS OF A DIFFERENT KIND

A PLAGUE ABOUT TO SWEEP THE WORLD

IN HORRIFIC MAJESTY UNFURLED.

A PLAGUE TO RAVAGE EAST AND WEST.

A PLAGUE FROM WHICH THERE ’ll BE NO REST.

AND NOW THE WORLD WILL RISE AS ONE

TO VANQUISH AND TO OVERCOME

THE WORLD ORDER NOW COMPLETELY CHANGED

OUR WAY OF LIFE IS REARRANGED.

THERE’S NOTHING ‘TWEEN THE RICH AND POOR

THE PLAGUE WILL KNOCK ON ANY DOOR.

DOCTORS, NURSES GIVE THEIR ALL

BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RISE AND FALL.

HEROES WHO LEAD. DON’T WILT OR BEND

AND PRAYERS ARE SAID IT SOON WILL END.

FROM FEAR WE HOPE WE SOON ARE FREE

AND OUR WORLD RETURNED TO NORMALITY.

WE GRIEVE FOR ALL THE DEAD AND DYING

AND PRAY THE WORLD WILL SOON STOP CRYING.

HOPE THAT BROKEN HEARTS CAN MEND

AND HOPE THAT WE CAN SHORTLY SEND

A MESSAGE FULL OF LOVE AND CHEER

AROUND THE WORLD FOR ALL TO HEAR.

BUT MIGHT I SAY JUST IN CONCLUSION

THAT THIS OLD WORLD IN IT’S CONFUSION

SHOULD ALL STAND AND CHEER AS ONE

AND LAUD THE DEEDS THAT MAN HAS DONE.

EXTEND A HAND TO ONE ANOTHER

AND TREAT EACH OTHER AS A BROTHER.

IT’S BEEN SAID BEFORE, BUT THIS I KNOW

IT’S ABOUT GIVING RESPECT AND LOVE A GO.

©Roger Cracknell May 2020

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