Robert Francis

(August 12, 1901 - July 13, 1987 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Paper Men To Air Hopes And Fears - Poem by Robert Francis

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The first speaker said
Fear fire. Fear furnaces
Incinerators, the city dump
The faint scratch of a match.

The second speaker said
Fear water. Fear drenching rain
Drizzle, oceans, puddles, a damp
Day and the flush toilet.

The third speaker said
Fear wind. And it needn't be
A hurricane. Drafts, open
Windows, electric fans.

The fourth speaker said
Fear knives. Fear any sharp
Thing, machine, shears
Scissors, lawnmowers.

The fifth speaker said
Hope. Hope for the best
A smooth folder in a steel file.


Comments about Paper Men To Air Hopes And Fears by Robert Francis

  • Indira Renganathan (1/28/2017 12:09:00 AM)


    Good poem on 'Hope......10 (Report) Reply

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  • Byju V (1/27/2017 10:48:00 PM)


    A poem of hope and optimism (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/27/2017 1:40:00 PM)


    Amazing and interesting to read this poem... Thanks for sharing..... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/27/2017 9:05:00 AM)

    Speakers!
    To hope for the best. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (1/27/2017 5:01:00 AM)

    Oh, the irony
    I will take my chances any day, everyday, in the face of fire, water, wind and, yes, knives. These are forces against which a person may act, may persevere, may yet find hope of survival and even, yes, turn them to ones own advantage. In the face of these forces I will retain my sense of hope. But a paper man (or a poet) has no hope if the best that may be offered is a smooth folder in a steel file. At that point I throw up my hands and surrender. Despair, not hope. This is the world of bureaucracy and death by a thousand cuts. Tortuous, insidious, the world turned upside down. I love writing that turns perspective inside out such that the dullards that follow the perverse truths handed down by powerful politicians and bureaucrats find only optimism and the sunny days to come in their words. Fools. Live fully. Read carefully. Think critically. (Report) Reply

  • (1/27/2017 4:33:00 AM)


    Brilliant way to intersperse the elements with modern day conveniences. (Report) Reply

  • (1/27/2017 4:17:00 AM)


    A beautifully envisioned poem reflecting the importance of optimism in one's life. Congrats on it's selection as modern poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2015 11:35:00 PM)


    A good poem on hope and likes. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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