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While I Wasnt Watching

While I wasn’t watching A child was taught to hate While I wasn’t watching The hungry were told to wait While I wasn’t watching The future was betrayed I finally looked and saw that a generation had lost its faith While I wasn't watching Another species died While I wasn't watching Another mother cried While I wasn't watching Another politician lied I finally turned to look away and seek a place to hide While I wasn’t watching We settled into complacency While I wasn’t watching Dreams wandered aimlessly While I wasn’t watching The mirror waited patiently I looked, but it was hard to see a path out of our apathy While I wasn’t watching The unknown became the enemy While I wasn’t watching Truth was sacrificed silently While I wasn’t watching I lost track of the good in me I looked up, and saw that we have a shared destiny Now that I’m watching I must acknowledge the things I see Now that I’m watching What I was missing saddens me Now that I’m watching Can I help avoid another tragedy? I see a chance to atone for my sins, and help restore sanity

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Date: 11/7/2021 1:12:00 PM
Indeed, amazing! Great writing!
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kevin cummings
Date: 2/18/2022 9:27:00 AM
Thank you for the kind words.
Date: 7/5/2021 12:23:00 PM
Great poem, enjoyed reading it.
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:34:00 AM
Thank you Stephen. It means a lot to bare your soul onto a page and have it accepted and enjoyed.
Date: 3/19/2021 12:32:00 PM
I really enjoyed your poem. It has great depth, and meaning. :-)
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:36:00 AM
This one continues to intrigue me and could have been several stanzas longer. Thank you for taking the time to send a comment.
Date: 3/19/2021 10:49:00 AM
Nice!
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:36:00 AM
Thank you
Date: 3/18/2021 8:24:00 PM
Well Kevin, all I can say is WOW! You tell like it is!
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:38:00 AM
Thank you Jennifer, one beauty in writing what your heart feels is that it uncovers other hearts that feel as well.
Date: 3/18/2021 5:04:00 PM
An excellent write, Kevin, very thought-provoking.
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:44:00 AM
Thank you James, we will someday turn the thoughts toward action.
Date: 3/17/2021 5:25:00 PM
Kevin, This is a powerful and beautifully written poem. Americans need to wake up! Please check out my poem, "America, Where are you Going?". Take Care, Paulette
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:46:00 AM
Thank you Paulette. I am happy to meet others who question. “Huddled masses, lost in the abyss of ignorance” Powerful imagery and sadly it is too true. Thanks for reaching out and connecting. Thank you for your voice.
Date: 3/17/2021 12:27:00 PM
Very well written. Very well said Kevin.
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:47:00 AM
Thank you Richard
Date: 3/17/2021 11:53:00 AM
Thank you, Kevin, for writing this! The words are true and need to be heard.
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kevin cummings
Date: 11/2/2021 6:48:00 AM
I am glad that these words touched you. These connections are what builds change.
Date: 3/17/2021 11:11:00 AM
Exceptional writing. Amen brother.
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kevin cummings
Date: 3/17/2021 8:48:00 PM
Thank you Richard, very kind of you to comment.
Date: 2/14/2021 10:34:00 AM
Hi Kevin, Your poems message arouses a consciousness, for all people? It certainly is beautifully crafted, well done!!!!
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kevin cummings
Date: 3/17/2021 8:47:00 PM
Paulette, this one seemed to come all at once - it flowed quickly, the message needed to come out.
Date: 2/10/2021 7:52:00 PM
Wow, powerful message. Glad to see this poem published in the 2020 PS Anthology, Kevin ~
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kevin cummings
Date: 3/17/2021 8:44:00 PM
Thank you, I am very humbled and proud it was selected.
Date: 2/8/2018 9:51:00 AM
I absolutely LOVE this profoundly meaningful poem, Kevin--my new favorite! Janice
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kevin cummings
Date: 2/8/2018 10:02:00 AM
Thank you Janice. This poem filled a need for me, i am happy if it touches others.