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Cry

Cry for the human race
Cherubs borne equal; loving, we look the other way

Cry for the human race
As we reach for mistrust, envy and greed

Cry for the human race
For we are one; brothers; sisters. One family 

Cry for the human race
For trust is gone.



Cry for the human race
For twisted tongues; false wars; fallen heroes 

Cry for the human race
Our humanity diminished; saviours forgotten; roots trodden

Cry for the human race
For the learned are lost; politicians thwarted

Cry for the human race
Centuries of apprenticeship; lessons unlearned



Cry for the human race
As Mother gives up her bounty; her tears run dry

Cry for the human race
As whales breach and cliffs stand in glory

Cry for the human race
For we cannot see our reflection

Cry for the Cherubs, for they are lost to mankind.


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  1. Date: 10/18/2012 3:43:00 PM

    Dear Ian, I'm trying to locate your poem "As I approached the start of civil exams..." because I'd like to read it at my friend Bob's memorial. He lived in Beijing in 1982 and cherished this poem of yours. I can't find it in my local library. Would you be willing to send it or post it on poetry soup? Thanks so much. Rich Mick I heard you read in Santa Cruz many years ago.
  1. Date: 11/3/2011 2:14:00 PM

    thank you for this poem, and it is exactly true. (added it to my fav's list) have a good one, and good luck.
  1. Date: 11/25/2010 5:50:00 AM

    Hi Ian, this is a sad state we are in, but your words are O so true. Rich and deep is your write today. Blessings. Joy (Jew)

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