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Selfish Beyond Belief

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Selfish Beyond Belief

Looking through a full fridge
And finding nothing worth my while
Not giving a second thought
To the skin and bone children
Drinking from a swamp
With great big smiles

There's nothing good on TV,
We eat at the same place everyday,
And by the way I'm bored out of my mind!

But a scared little boy sees it all
Far away from the comfort of this hypnotic box
He gave his share of scraps to his younger brother
While his entertainment is watching
God paint pictures in the sky

(I racked my brain
Searching for ways I should be upset
Ain't one good reason I could find)

It was yesterday
I found myself and grimaced
It was today I helped out a complete stranger
And thought
"How silly of me to think
That was all there was to it...
Nobody's ever just found, we run too frantically
For all that nonsense.
We do the best we can
For as long as we can.
Though selfish beyond belief
I do think there is still hope for me"

I smiled in awe at the discoveries
Tomorrow would bring

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  1. Date: 3/18/2013 9:32:00 PM
    Inspiring. Your words ring so true. Thanks for sharing such meaningful words --means a lot to me , this one. Like I said before, keep up the outstanding work, please! Always, Laura

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 3/18/2013 9:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I post quite frequently and since I've joined this site I've finally started writing again after a very long absence! I am so grateful to have people like you reading my work and being so kind to me.
  1. Date: 3/13/2013 8:36:00 AM
    We fail to think about selfishness until its put into perspective. Nice work!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 3/13/2013 12:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    How right you are! A good example of getting perspective is Jonathan Swifts book, Gulliver's Travels.
  1. Date: 3/13/2013 12:48:00 AM
    A good write to tickle our conscience. Greatly written, Timothy. Have you joined any of the contest, they are fun! Welcome.

    Minardi Avatar Dinda Minardi
    Date: 3/18/2013 2:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hahaha, yes, the prizes are virtual, but you know it's fun to share what you wrote; and people (who some of them professional writer) appreciate and comment on your winning poem. This site also has annual contest, the prize is money.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 3/13/2013 1:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    No I haven't yet... maybe tomorrow I will! I'm assuming the prizes are virtual?
  1. Date: 3/12/2013 11:08:00 PM
    Yes, this is a good way to write on the topic of the general selfishness of many of us. I have to admit I worry too much about my own small problems when there are others living on the verge of just surviving. What a world it is!!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 3/12/2013 11:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I figured this was something that most people could relate too. I'm glad it was received well. One of the most important (and hardest as well) things to learn is that there is somehow who always has it worst than you...
  1. Date: 3/12/2013 1:30:00 PM
    Good poem. I think of my problems, then think of others that have it worse than me, and then there are thouse that even have it worse. Unfortunately many times things have been easy for us and we forget that. My poem was about the song The Beautiful People, by Marilyn Manson, actually it was about him and I referenced the song. I don't know why I was thinking about that song. I have more anger about his remake of Sweet Dreams and don't find that funny lol, Thanks for your comment.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 3/12/2013 2:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sweet Dreams is a good song and Marilyn butchered it... sad. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment... it is most appreciated!
  1. Date: 3/12/2013 11:09:00 AM
    Great work..Very expressive and emotive speaking of much truth in today's world..I appreciate you stopping by my work and visiting the ones that you did..I have an appointment to met in a few minutes so I am out the door..When I return, if God is willing, I will read some more of your works and comment..Thanks again for the kind reviews..Sara

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 3/12/2013 1:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara! Nice of you to stop by and read one of my own... :)