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THE THINGS I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW

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THE THINGS I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW

PEOPLE ARE STARVING AS I WRITE MY GROCERY LIST
ONE CHILD'S CARESSED WITH A LOVING HAND
ANOTHER POUNDED WITH ANGRY FIST
I SAW A POD OF WHALES SLAUGHTERED AS THEY SWAM
I SAW A DOG BEATEN BEFORE THE EXPERIMENTS BEGAN
I SAW A MAN WHO HAS NO LEGS
AND CHICKENS FORCED TO LAY THEIR EGGS
I SAW THE SOLDIERS KILL AND RAPE
AND THE POACHING OF THE VANISHING APE
I SAW THE TEARS IN A BLIND MAN'S EYES
AND THE POLLUTION IN THE LA SKIES
I SAW A CHILD WHO'D BEEN MOLESTED
I SAW CORRUPTION UNPROTESTED
I SAW A MONKEY WITH EYES SEWN SHUT
AND A FAMILY IN AFRICA SLAIN IN THEIR HUT
I SAW THE MIGHTY TREES CHOPPED DOWN
AS THE WILDLIFE SCURRIED AROUND
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO GO
THESE ARE THE THINGS I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW
A HOMELESS OLD WOMAN DIES ALONE
NO COMFORT OF LOVED ONES
NO SECURITY OF HOME
I SAW AN ELEPHANT STRUGGLE IN ITS CHAINS
THERE ARE DROUGHTS AND BLIZZARDS AND DEADLY HURRICAINES
I SAW A BABY BURNED FROM HEAD TO TOE
THESE ARE THE THINGS I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW
SO WHO AM I TO COMPLAIN
WHO DO I THINK I AM
I JUST HOPE THE HORRORS OF THIS WORLD
ARE PART OF A BIGGER PLAN

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  1. Date: 11/20/2012 10:03:00 AM
    I can only suggest that you decide what is most important to you and pick your battles! Our lives are short, but I believe you will be--no actually you are a big force in the cosmos. Even if you choose only to write, that is more than enough. Personally, I believe there can be no plan--only what is since we all have free will. It's a jungle out there!

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 5:31:00 PM
    Very powerful,Lori...Wow! You really got me in the heart here...It's nice to know that you see these things too.And I'm with ya there at the end...

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 2:49:00 PM
    Lori, wow... i hope we are all important in our own way.... Thank you for sharing, I truly enjoyed stopping by to read your poem. Take Care and smile a lot today :-) I know I sure am :-) :-) Always & Forever PD

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 2:31:00 PM
    Nice Lori, nate