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Below is the poem entitled I WANT which was written by poet Michael Poyntz. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I want   

Mankind to be kinder to man 
The world to echo ‘‘yes we can'' 
All children to live without fear  
To know literacy and opportunity 
Equality to be truly equal  
Life to be valued higher than gold   

The tally of one’s true legacy    
To be measured by their mercy   
Law to always speak the truth      
A right to prayer to be absolute    
The plague of racism to be vanquished  
Earths bounty to feed the hungry  

The games we play called war   
To be declared forever lost 
The blindness of hate    
To be granted sight and tolerance   
The cries of the weak and abused 
To be answered by the strong     

Our rain forests to be cherished   
Whales to roam free within pristine seas  
The words spoken ''never again''  
To never again be needed to be said 
Every man to be a brother of mine 
Each child to be my child  

Within my lifetime 


Copyright © Michael Poyntz

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  1. Date: 2/11/2012 3:59:00 PM
    Michael I would like to congraulate you also on this well-written feature poem.

  1. Date: 2/11/2012 3:55:00 PM
    Wonderful poem! Your words of wisdom in this poem is great! I enjoyed reading every word of it.

  1. Date: 2/10/2012 6:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved feature Michael. Love, Carol

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    Date: 2/10/2012 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Carol, thank you so much. I have been busy this past year creating and writing a greeting card series plus I now am feature poet for 2 magazines. This last month wrote a song for a major singer so has been a successful and awesome year for me from a writing perspective. BUT am going to spend more time involved in PS.
  1. Date: 2/7/2012 7:06:00 PM
    congrats Irish on featured poem this week on PS.. so great to see one of your creations expressed here luv..

  1. Date: 2/6/2012 11:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on having your poem featured on Poetry Soup this week.................S.Ronthorpe

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 5:26:00 PM
    That was ME on the youtube video I was interviewed in DC last month when I read at Busboy and Poets. This poem was dedicated to Pres Barak Obama and they taped my live presentation as well as my Old Chinese Sayings, taped in Washingtons Chinatown. Irish

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 5:19:00 PM
    I remember hearing this poem on a video on youtube here online.its a great did a wonderful job.with a powerful meaning. -Always&Forever Lynette

  1. Date: 11/9/2009 12:18:00 PM
    If all the above were to come true, how lovely it would be >> James