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2012, Ending, Or Beginning!

the curtain is drawn,
the memories of another year,
a year of hardship and need,

packed in a box,
stored away to be forgotten.
we stand on the stage,

stripped naked by necessity,
forced to choose...
ending, or beginning?

the end of economic hope,
the end of the environment,
the end of individual rights,

the end of capitalism...
the end of the common man,
the end of morality...

the end of human dignity,
the end of the road for the poor...
or a new beginning?

people of all colors, faiths,
sexual orientations, economic situations,
rich in diversity... joining hands!

sitting down with open minds and hearts,
listening, really listening,
understanding that what is good for one,

must be good for all!
understanding that when one suffers,
we all suffer!

when one is in need,
we are all in need!
standing together for freedom

of thoughts, ideas, and words!
refusing to be made to follow blindly!
standing up and demanding

world peace!
standing up for the environment,
throwing off the yoke of oppression

cast by the oil and Wall Street empire!
standing up for people,
people, not corporations,

not governments...
accepting, understanding, compassionate,
determined, driven by dignity....

the choice is ours to make!
we've run out of time,
the lights have gone dim...

day of dawning,
or time of the end!

Submitted: Saturday, December 31, 2011
Edited: Saturday, December 31, 2011


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  • Dr Syed Anwar Yarkhan Jilani (8/21/2012 9:15:00 PM)

    True. Honest. You. Hoping against hope as we live in a democracy where two fools rule a wise man! Yet we pray to God for things to change. A soul stirring legitimate prayer.

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  • Lasoaphia Quxazs (5/27/2012 12:53:00 PM)

    As it was said before me, we shall see Wishing you a happy beginning.

  • Jan Freundschuh (3/27/2012 8:07:00 AM)

    Well said, .....we shall see....

  • Valerie Dohren (2/14/2012 10:44:00 AM)

    A really great poem Eric - a message for humanity indeed.

  • Siyabonga a Nxumalo (1/14/2012 11:18:00 AM)

    Brilliant poem, thanks for this fantastic write Sir Eric....

    Happy new year to you too.

  • Shadow Girl (1/7/2012 5:57:00 AM)

    Great message you have running through this...really powerful, thought provoking write.
    -SG

  • Kee Thampi (12/31/2011 11:49:00 PM)

    A brave new year message
    when one is in need,
    we are all in need!
    standing together for freedom

  • Eric Cockrell (12/31/2011 6:50:00 PM)

    Happy New Year to all!

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