Francis Duggan


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Racism Is Around Me Everywhere


Of human ignorance I am almost in despair
For racism is around me everywhere
But like they say sheer ignorance is bliss
Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

Some people carry their honour in a flag
And of their Nationality they brag
They feel superior and they differentiate
And against those who are different they discriminate.

So many people still judged by their race
For such there never ought to be a place
'A fair go' those untruthful words I do recall
There is no such a thing as a 'fair go for all'.

Though we live in a so called democracy
Of racism we never will be free
They judge you by where you come from and the colour of your skin
For many equality and respect seems impossible to win.

It's been awhile since the days of Martin Luther King
His name to it has a familiar ring
If against racism he did not choose to strive
Today the great man he would be alive.

So many holding the reins of power not spiritually aware
And racism is around me everywhere
And racism only leads to division and war
Just goes to show how ignorant some are.

Submitted: Sunday, March 16, 2008
Edited: Monday, March 21, 2011

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  • Bronze Star - 7,416 Points Heather Wilkins (11/17/2014 7:10:00 PM)

    we are all Gods children we look at life through rose colored glasses let all men be equal lovely (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,570 Points Lyn Paul (11/17/2014 7:31:00 AM)

    Racism is a concern yet so many of us see such friendships uniting with so many from different countries. It is a small world and it would be wonderful to unite as one. Wonderful words expressed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 373 Points Louis Rams (11/8/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    you never cease to amaze me with every poem that you write,
    and takes the readers out of darkness into light..
    it's been a while and I miss your poetry. blessings (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,897 Points Amitava Sur (11/6/2014 6:45:00 PM)

    A lovely poem on such an issue which has disturbed the world so unnecessarily. And people favoring it are the enemy of society (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 180 Points Briony Nicholls (10/24/2014 9:10:00 AM)

    I really find I dislike the message this poem tries so hard to impart. It's really like a propaganda poem for a strain of a politically correct way of thinking. If one substituted the word racism with sexism, capitalism or any other ism it would still essentially be the same conceptual contraption that dogmatically tells us what to think. Good poems show us the truth of reality through feelings that words create, not attempt to be simple intellectual manifestos that just assume all readers understand its concepts unequivocally. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,152 Points Douglas Scotney (10/17/2014 6:53:00 PM)

    ...as ignorance is bliss,
    when struck, you don't know why what hit you hit you,
    and if you survive
    you're glad you're alive,
    but none the wiser,
    as ignorance is bliss,
    and when struck, you don't know why what hit you hit you... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,570 Points Lyn Paul (10/17/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    Excellent words. Racism a shocking words, with a small percent who support. Yet enough to cause so much damage . I speak with all different cultures each day and laugh with them all. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,943 Points Patricia Grantham (10/3/2014 6:22:00 AM)

    This is a really great poem. Your details are very truthful and gets
    to the heart of the matter. I like your style and the way you so
    aptly describe it. It's is a disease that plagues mankind. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,897 Points Amitava Sur (9/3/2014 7:21:00 PM)

    So correctly you have said, racism in human is only to discriminate
    With the plea of ignorance it is nothing but an indulgence to humiliate. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Veronica Wolfe (5/30/2013 12:12:00 PM)

    It's an inspiring poem that captures the struggle faced between the people who receive such racism. The poem depicts how blind people can be to racism around them and how it is still a problem today. Diversity is what will bring people of all races together and acceptance will lead to a better society. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie April Mitchell (1/31/2013 12:33:00 AM)

    This is beautifully put into words and i really like the truthfulness to it great great job! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Frank Burns (11/15/2012 6:33:00 PM)

    ignorant drivel insisting that those who aren't as profoundly ignorant are-you guessed it-ignorant. (Report) Reply

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