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That Was a Human

Allow me to be disgusted at the jest and your halfway happy surprise at the end result of the missile timed precisely: Did he just splatter? And allow me to feel the brunt of the bruising upon my saddened heart, where for others was felt, from laughing hard. Yes, all lives matter Even the ones who don't bear our national colors our political expectations no matter how wrong or right For just this occasion let us get back to basics: That was a human ten fingers and ten toes perhaps a wife and family to call his own but do you even know? Or even care to think beyond the face of it? Getting kicks at watching the Live Leaks of people being blown to smithereens It bothers me That one should find it amusing Does it bother You? ---a single tear of blue is all I'm asking--- Who he was or what he did what difference does it make? When life closes the lid all we have is the acknowledgement: That was a human A human What if those pixels on the screen were all that was left of that man's memory would you still find it funny? And yet still we turn to Facebook Enlightenment with quotations that decorate a sniper in a holy moment --- "And oh God. One more thing. Ignore my enemies heathen prayers and help me send those bastards straight to hell. Amen." (The amount of "likes" are disheartening and should be a sin. Where's the "vomit button" ... ?) Reading through the comment's section, like poetry for the juvenile, and the criminally insane. No Alka Seltzer No pills I'm riding this crazy train unprotected as if I'm dying for a thrill. Dying ... at the very least. Queasy at the vertigo of a nation acting to love and loving to act (Nineteen-Eighty-Four called, they want their plot back) And have you read empathy such as this? ROFL, mate! That's classic! (you have a doggie bag on ya, by chance? I think I'm gonna be sick) That was a human A HUMAN!!! And you call yourself a Man of God? Yet still feel compelled to pull back His Grace to your own ends ... that slippery tide between your fingers As if infinity could only be stretched so far; it won't last long my friend, before you look into that celestial mirror scared at what you see Is that me? Yet still you wear that outpouring of love on your neck like a trophy as if you even deserved it. a single tear of blue just one can you give it to me, son? t h a t w a s a h u m a n And do you even care? Does it phase you in the slightest? Or does a coat of arms give you further reason to divide? Jesus died for all For all All that upheld the American flag as equal to His words. All who marched to the beat of the drums drowning out the birds. All who bravely proclaimed: We are Heading to War! We are Heading to War! And all those who never asked: And what for? What for? Do you feel its beating on your soul? S h o u l d I t a l k s l o w? (the unwritten verses you added long ago) It doesn't even matter now, because all that remains is what's been left on the page. All that remains... Just four sad words like hopeless sand slipping through my fingers That was a human (or at least it was) Before Man forgot what he had, Believing he could do better, Egging the Almighty to play his game ... back to the drawing board, smirked the Creation And what about you, Dear Reader? What will the eulogizer speak in your honor when the lights out? That was a monster He won't bother you now

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 5/8/2020 9:59:00 AM
Oh yes. And I thought I was the only one wishing there was a vomit button. I especially liked the should I talk slow; reminiscent of the classic Princess Bride line "...I'll use small words so you'll be sure to understand." (which is a little bit like how I write) xomo!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/9/2020 3:47:00 PM
Thanks Maureen ... glad you made it through to end (it's one of my longest ones) ... this one came from deep within, I couldn't keep it hid.
Date: 2/2/2020 12:52:00 AM
Hi ! i’m a big fan of your work... but I don’t get this poem at all. Would you please explain it to me?
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Date: 9/11/2016 7:28:00 PM
I seem to keep being dawn back to this one. It is a very well expressed write.
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Date: 5/16/2016 10:01:00 AM
Salute to your pen and a well done to the mind out of which this sea of wisdom emanated. A definite 7
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/16/2016 11:19:00 AM
Always love your poetic comments, Funom. Pleased that you could absorb it's message ... thank you!
Date: 5/12/2016 11:17:00 AM
Beautiful poem of thought provoking. Humanity is not humanity where human is separated in the name of caste, creed, religion and country simply. If any one colors humanity with own selfish manifestations for individual gain or for gain of a particular class or section of people, that's shame in the name of humanity. Jesus speaks to the whole world not to any particular country without any discrimination. Thanks for sharing my lovely friend. Loved always, bl
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/12/2016 1:30:00 PM
Thanks for giving me such insightful feedback to read, Barja. Truly appreciated, my friend.
Date: 5/10/2016 11:58:00 PM
I admire this. The power of this is captivating.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/12/2016 1:24:00 PM
Thank you Steve ... That you were moved is wonderful to hear.
Date: 5/5/2016 9:16:00 AM
I enjoyed provoking more thought by reading this one again.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/10/2016 5:45:00 PM
Thanks for the second read, friend ... they are always special.
Date: 4/27/2016 11:07:00 PM
Deep & narrative write. 7 from me........hugs
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/10/2016 5:01:00 PM
Thanks Manmath!
Date: 4/27/2016 6:36:00 PM
Amazing, passionate, powerful...three words that come to mind when I read this exceptional poem. Where's the vomit button when we need it, is right. You have a loving, compassionate soul- your words do not go unnoticed. Keep up the amazing work, Tim. Always, Laura
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/10/2016 5:28:00 PM
Thank you, Laura. To be understood is all I ask, and you always seem to understand.
Date: 4/24/2016 2:37:00 AM
Such an insightful write my dear and worthy of infinite praises... I like the way you raised questions . You always come with new ideas and themes and that's what I like most about your poems... This is as brilliant as your other works... 100/100... Hugs Red
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 1:18:00 AM
Thank you very much, Red! My goal was to cause one to reflect ... and you let me know that my intentions came through ...
Date: 4/22/2016 12:57:00 AM
A well written work of poetic art Timothy! #7 ; )
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 1:12:00 AM
Why thank you Connie! :)
Date: 4/21/2016 5:01:00 PM
"Nineteen-eighty-four called the want their plot back" Great line in a great write!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 1:12:00 AM
Hey Robert! Happy you caught on to my reference ... thanks for stopping by :)
Date: 4/19/2016 10:33:00 AM
True words, compassion is one marker of being human. Being created in God's image we all have the potential to embrace his Love justice wisdom and righteous power. How so many choose to imitate his archenemy is beyond me, yet do they think it doesn't matter in the end? I enjoy dramatic monologues, and this makes you think!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 1:08:00 AM
Thanks for the analytical feedback, John ... I love in-depth comments. There has been some FB posts from people I knew claiming to be Christian, and yet would share some very distateful things concerning war ... it bothered me a great deal and had to get it off my chest.
Date: 4/16/2016 8:33:00 AM
Dramatic in every sense of the word, Timothy! Humanity, lack of humanity, and human life. Are some too sensitive...insensitive...hard skinned...agenda related? Let each and every one of us take a deep look...inside! #7+ // paul
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 12:54:00 AM
Thanks Paul! This poem was a lot of boxed up feelings that I had to get off my chest ... some of it was based off FB posts, from people I knew, that said things that I thought to be very callous concerning war ... you understood it really well as it was intended to cause reflection.
Date: 4/14/2016 8:40:00 PM
Another great write Timothy.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 12:44:00 AM
Thanks James!
Date: 4/14/2016 8:16:00 PM
Again, you outdid yourself. Simply amazing work, my friend. you are one of a kind, and a very KIND one. What inspired this. For me it would be all those stupid idiots clamoring for Bush to bomb Iraq. Do you remember the country song egging on super patriotism to "kick butt?" Or this could be about terrorism or so many other things in the world. VERY good writing, Timothy. another fave.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 12:37:00 AM
Hey Andrea. The Iraq War was definitely a big factor in this poem, as well as some other things ... I've known some people that were so gung-ho about the US that they would sacrifice some of their moral fiber if it meant they were being patriotic ... this is written against that. Appreciate the fave and your understanding.
Date: 4/14/2016 8:50:00 AM
Well, this one does go on and on..I lost out about mid-way down..Have you ever read any of Janet Frame's work?..She is dead now but I found her story interesting..Thanks for all the visits to my page..I appreciate the time spent there ..No those were not my pictures for I have not figured out how to put my pics on here..Sara
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 12:08:00 AM
Hey Sarah - this poem was basically an outpouring of different pent up feelings that I had to get off my chest ... it did end up becoming really long admittedly, lol ... but I appreciate your effort in trying to finish it nonetheless! I'll have to check out Janet Frame when I get the chance ...
Date: 4/14/2016 7:33:00 AM
That was indeed dramatic. Poets write a lifetime and rarely write such a piece. You should be pleased with this one, it is one of your best!!! 7 my friend.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 4/29/2016 12:01:00 AM
Not sure what to say, Richard ... but your feedback is much appreciated ... thank you! This was inspired by a lot of pent up feelings of things that got on my nerves over the years ... it became much longer than what I was intending, but I had a lot to get off my chest ...