Get Your Premium Membership

Must We Forget

Poet's Notes

Become a Premium Member and post notes and photos about your poem like Barbara Peckham.

When will we finally awaken to the crises in the world and do something about them? I think of world hunger, climate change, the environment, and I could go on!


Need we walk again this thorny path Winding through all our past lives, Picking our way gingerly through The broken pieces of unrealized dreams? Must we learn and relearn and relearn The painful lessons whose acid tests We thought we had conquered So many times before, but then forgot? Will we round another bend, convinced In our closed and locked minds that we, And only we, know the truth, Only to find ourselves again at the start, Retracing the same painful track That leads backward into the maze of Outdated credos and philosophies That have failed so many times before? How many must suffer our ignorance? How many thousands more must die Before we wake from the nightmare That holds the world in its feverish grip? Is it possible for us to crack open the mold And allow ourselves to fight the dogmas That keep us trapped in a this Never ending circle of failure? Can we do it in time, or are we doomed To continue on our road to destruction?

Copyright © | Year Posted 2021

Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 7/17/2021 10:47:00 PM
I must admit I do not watch the news much any more. There is so little I can do about any of it except to vote and occasionally send money. It worries me to think about in what kind of world my grandchildren will grow up.
Login to Reply
Date: 7/17/2021 6:26:00 PM
I have decided to leave the remaining problems to the next generation. I am simply too old to wrestle with them now, especially with my age and limited resources. Your poem is a marvelous expose of the problems we will leave behind unsolved. Good writing.
Login to Reply