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Last Call

Songs unsung will disappear,
as breathless as a stone, the fear
of Armageddon fills the air
and gathers strength against a prayer
that withers, fizzles into nought,
despite the lessons we were taught,
to love our neighbours as we would
be loved by them, the greater good.

Or take His name in vain, the strain
of blending with another's pain,
the art of empathy forsaken,
errant paths so quickly taken;
thoughts are squandered, so are souls
who glorify malicious goals
and chase false dreams to sand consigned,
the facts misjudged and misaligned.

Cause and effect, the laws of nature,
whom to kill and whom to nurture,
whom to crucify or kiss?
the measures of our helplessness.
There is no try, there's only do,
and I expect the same of you,
to strip away dishonesty,
the trademark of our misery.

To live in love and purity
and nullify our enmity,
we join together, hand in hand,
no hurtful lies, no contraband.
The answer lies amongst the stars
unnumbered in the universe,
a child's first breath, the blushing rose,
where hatred cannot interpose.

Copyright © Keith Bickerstaffe

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 9:33:00 AM
    Dear Keith The ring of what could be joy for all. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 10:31:00 AM
    Hi Kieth great poem my friend always a pleasure to drop in and read your work, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 1:22:00 PM
    Such a great poem... Especially around 9-11.

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 4:21:00 PM
    A poem for today, Keith i just love 'a child's first breath, cannot get much purer than that. your theme, on as it is today, is welcomed by this reader. thank you.

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 6:09:00 PM
    So great to read this again Keith; I find censure for our evil ways in the first three stanzas and you say it with such passion and conviction, then the last stanza mellows into a sweet solution that sounds so uncomplicated and effortless compared to what led upto this solution. You've written an amazing verse that captivates me. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 7:57:00 AM
    wow seems we are in the same frame of mind,fills my day with joy reading this morning,love it Keith,check out my Solution

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 7:34:00 AM
    beautiful and skillful!! love it!!

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 5:27:00 PM
    What a skillful piece Keith.." Not just words flowing here..But strong sentiment, takes courage to hold onto hope against the dark that would eat away at mankinds better ideas, and glimpses of harmony that could be.."

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 6:30:00 AM
    This is very good and strong poetry Keith. You write like a "real poet" - Like the way you do it. - Sophisticated - Have a lovely weekend. - Oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 11:58:00 PM
    I had to check this one out because I recently submitted a work of my own with the same title. Your work is much longer than mine with an entirely different subject. Good work, Keith.