Monday, March 23, 2015

What Do I Give When Everything Gets Taken?


What do I give when everything gets taken?
   What do I say when silence swallows all?
Where do I stand when every faith gets shaken—
   When viciousness rules, while the decent fall?
And what can one heart do to take a stand
   But bleed for it?  And what good will that do?
History is a bleak, blood-filled wasteland
   Where what’s well-meant angers the well-to-do.
Between the truth of death, and the sad fact
   That power only yields to serve its needs,
Helplessness poisons every urge to act
   And compromise infects all that succeeds.
      So since I will and must fail, let me choose
      To fail like I’ve got nothing left to lose.
Copyright 2015 Matthew J Wells

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