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If you have a chance please visit this link. Seren Roberts did a brilliant job on this collaberation. I am honored to be associated to this write.

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/within_reason__maurice_yvonne_and_seren_roberts_624966

Wearing wireless headphones as I listen to the news. I'm outside watching children playing, taking in the views. There is screaming in my ears two voices disagree. A little girl serves her playmates imaginary tea. They're speaking on the pod, unarmed victims shot by police. Captives tortured in war. I hear our own. I hear their pleas! There's screaming in my ear a few voices disagree. Little girls sitting pretend to speak French saying Oui, Oui! There are typhoons hitting an island, reminds me of a tsunami. Also officials gathering parts of a plane shot down by an army. What  happened to the plane that went missing, no one remembers. Teenagers on the street play basketball great kids, great neighbors. The president uses his pen, makes some politicians angry. There is screaming in my ears so many voices disagree. The girls skip rope, laughter fills the air and singing too.  Pundits discuss, argue this and that it's what they do.  Night and day is closer then these scholars and their degrees. Theres screaming in my ear, voices, everyone disagrees. The guys still shooting hoops, living the life, always polite. Protests on the streets, the  police display their might. Some back peaceful protests others speak accusingly. There is screaming in my ears, crowds of voices disagree. I wave goodbye to the boys, we'll talk, I'll see them again soon. The children want me to skip rope I play along like a buffoon. They laugh that I can't skip properly. I leave them to their play. There's screaming in my ear, voices...might as well talk to clay My sleep will be hard, in the morning the sun will shine, children will wake. What kind of world will we leave, you smile and laugh but feel like a fake. Look how well we have done. When did we stop being one, being mild. What happened to being cohesive? It takes a village to raise a child. There is too much screaming in my ears, too many voices disagree. I can only pray, lend my voice to the calm, hope we can all agree. 11~12~2014 Maurice Yvonne Sponsor: Cyndi MacMillan Contest Name: I CAN'T BREATHE: A peaceful Protest, An Anthology of Powerful Poems

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Date: 10/28/2016 9:50:00 PM
I loved this poem, Maurice. The creative interweaving of auditory/visual dichotomy. Simply brilliant and it is framed by a most accurate poem title. Kudos to you. Love and joy to you, my friend. RW
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Date: 4/26/2015 11:21:00 AM
Hi Maurice.. I enjoyed reading your fabulous write "Multi-Tasking" today.. Congratulations on your first place win in Cyndi's contest!
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Date: 4/18/2015 11:30:00 PM
armand, it was so nice that Cyndi did an anthology like this so your poem can be showcased. you did such an incredible job here Congrats to you.
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Date: 4/18/2015 6:33:00 PM
Hello, Maurice, So many do disagree, I love what you share, it was nice seeing Cyndi's "I CAN'T BREATHE, generous list." Hope you enjoyed the showcase of this powerful contest theme, thank you for sharing the message. XOX ~LINDA~
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Date: 4/16/2015 10:00:00 AM
superb Maurice and Seren congrats on win hugs 7
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Date: 12/14/2014 9:33:00 AM
Aw this is powerful and gave me goosebumps..A fAv
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Date: 12/13/2014 11:22:00 AM
Maurice.. Oh my goodness, this is the gold standard! I'm funny about giving a 7.. I only do when the poem penetrates to my soul. This is a 7 and wish I could give a couple more!!
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Date: 12/13/2014 11:20:00 AM
Maurice.. Oh my goodness, this is the gold standard! I'm funny about giving a 7.. I only do when the poem penetrates to my soul. This is a 7 and wish I could give a couple more!!
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Date: 12/13/2014 7:33:00 AM
WOW!!! Oh man i think this is the best poem I have read in a long time- such depth and meaning. This would be rated higher than a 7 if I had more numbers to choose from, really this has impressed me beyond the smile I give you :) bravo
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Date: 12/12/2014 9:11:00 AM
I came back to read the comments, this piece has evoked an emotional response from your readers. Bravo Maurice!
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Date: 12/12/2014 8:53:00 AM
I visualize the children playing and wonder what we are teaching them. Are we even trying to make the world a better place for the future? So many questions, too few answers, but with our pens, we can observe the world, take account, use our art to make a difference. You have done all of this and more, Maurice! Absolutely incredible and one I am fav'ing to read again and again! Hugs, Rhonda
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Date: 12/12/2014 1:32:00 AM
There are so many problems in the world today, and the only way to fix them is to stop arguing and actually do something about it... Well, we can't fix everything, but we can teach our children for the future... This was an amazing piece of poetry from you, Maurice. Very thought provoking!
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Date: 12/12/2014 12:31:00 AM
Fantastic!
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Date: 12/11/2014 11:33:00 PM
I see that the world is on your mind today! what a clever title for this well crafted write! I really enjoyed the way you repeated at the end of every verse "there is screaming in my ears.." It really emphasizes the problem and in a way, this could have been a villanelle poem. If you had come up with a second alternating line, and the same rhyme scheme all the way through, it would be an excellent villanelle. They are best when describing the "dark side!" I better get off here now. Good night!
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Date: 12/11/2014 11:28:00 PM
yes, I saw the collaboration and I faved it. you guys did a marvelous job!!!!
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Date: 12/11/2014 7:24:00 PM
a day in the life of ......any country any where...this applies....great write Maurice....Seren
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Date: 12/11/2014 3:52:00 PM
It is frightening the world we are leaving for future generations...I have to wonder if our forefathers thought the same...excellent pen Maurice
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Date: 12/11/2014 3:49:00 PM
I agree with John below -- this is very good. I liked the way you pulled in your day -- searching, asking, wondering, hoping, praying . . . yes, this is our life and we need to continue to gather, to encourage, to value individuals, to love our neighbors . . . never stop writing my dear Maurice . . . it does make a difference, you make a difference. Fav,7
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Date: 12/11/2014 3:04:00 PM
In my opinion, Maurice, this is, from what i have read of your pen, your best effort yet. It is a brilliant bit of writing; showing not just the society you yourself live in, but the world in general. An ever accelerating, interactive world almost surreal in a way. A world where a person can experience five lives in as many minutes...frightening!!! P.s just as i continually reshape my poems i do so believe you could keep coming back to this one. A superb piece of poetic clay!!! :) john.
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