BrooksLooks@ Crumbling

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Crumbling
sermons unheard
the unspoken good word
a song unsung
lessons unlearned
in an inhospitable place
where manners don’t matter
to an inhuman race
cruelty seeps
onto the world’s bloody streets
gunfire and grief
beyond our belief
shots fired
our frayed nerves hot-wired
dignity’s bridges burned
simple kindness spurned
if civility is lost
was compassion the cost?
beneath uneasy skies
too many why’s
morality decried
a teacher defied
a pastor sighs
and the poet cries

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BrooksLooks@ Vantage Point

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Vantage Point

we’ve come so far
beyond paradigm
to where the few
know a rare place
and time
complex new
dimensions
are misunderstood
yet seekers of truth
still seek the way
and the good
casting a glance
at the growing storm
faraway
fanatic rants
jeopardize
the safe and warm
will we make it
to the other side
will we rise above
the rising tide
can mankind cope
do we still hope
or is what we’ve achieved
threatened
on a slippery slope
it’s a race to the finish
to know how it ends
evil diminished
ill will portends
we build our walls higher
swarms of drones fire
evil’s armies on the run
a price will be paid
by daughter and son

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BrooksLooks @ Going Away

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GOING AWAY

i’ve loved you and cared for you

every day of your life

i’ve paid a ransom price

to be your mother

a parent, a wife

in the roll of life’s dice

you’ll never know the depth

of my sacrifice

no time for small talk?

nor the details of my day?

so self-important now

you weren’t raised this way

and you tell me how you don’t care

it’s there in your eyes in that blank stare

good luck you’ve had your say

i won’t abide your disrespect

goodbye for now, i’m walking away

i don’t need you

i’m not some old door mat

my heart and I

can’t look back

i’m walkin’ away

my bags are packed

i loved you with all my heart

now I can’t look back

the fuse is burning in your life now

ticking like a time bomb

and you’ll never know how

i gave everything to be your Mom

i gave it all to be your Mom

a mother scorned by her own child

the most painful crime of all

you’ll realize sometime

when your heart’s in free fall

when your friends are few

and she leaves you

and the bills come due

remember that I loved you

you’ll remember things I say

but I won’t abide your disrespect

goodbye for now

i’m walking away

i don’t need you

i’m not some old door mat

you broke my heart

and I can’t look back

i’m walkin’ away

my bags are packed

i loved you with all of my heart

and i can’t look back

let me know when you’re back on track

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