MODERN LIFE

 

Line stretched long and movement slow

People stand in helpless daze,

Some have stood from sunrise glow

Waiting in this human maze

 

Money spent and unemployed,

Hunger burning deep inside,

Destiny a hopeless void

On the streets they must reside.

 

Forman takes one man aside

Steers him through the open gate,

Probably he won’t confide

What his chances?  Has to wait!

 

Anxious workmen on the job

Pause to watch this hope filled soul

Would he from these workmen rob?

Pass them now the begging bowl.

 

Since the nations finance crash

People fight to keep their place

Hold on desperately to cash

Fear redundancy to face.

 

Crowds outside gaze on in fear,

Then respond with muted sigh

For at home their families dear

Need this job for food supply.

 

Hope filled man returns with smile

Clutching his employment card,

They gave him a one month trial

But they’ll start him in the yard

 

Old Joe hears them call him out,

Wearily he answers call,

From him hear heartbroken shout,

Calloused hands clutched in a ball.

 

Such is life for every soul

Some climb up and others fall,

Common good forgotten goal

For our world’s no place for all.

 

“© Ian Grice 2017 all rights reserved

 

13 Comments Add yours

  1. jstansfeld says:

    An unhappy comment on our world – and very sad. I agree that today’s politics are upsetting in that people seem to be rejecting globalism and retreating into insular tribalism – it doesn’t bode well. It is such a pity as we fundamentally all tick to the same clock and our world is still very beautiful.
    Did you know that you can overcome Word press’s annoying way of double spacing a poem? Simply get your curser on the beginning of a line that you wish to single space and press Backspace, then press Enter while holding down the Shift key and voila single space!

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    1. I just tried to edit the poem and followed instructions but it didn’t work for me. Not sure what I did wrong. Thanks for trying to help me on that though. I really get annoyed when WordPress does that to me.

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  2. Madhu says:

    “For Our World’s not good for all’ that’s so true. And we waste time and money on peddling discord. You would hate the strident nationalistic atmosphere in India at the moment. It’s my anger at the loss of collective conscience that has robbed me of inspiration and kept me away from blogging as much as the health issues of loved ones. It’s a crazy world, and it gets crazier by the day.

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    1. I just can’t believe the ultra-nationalistic movements all around the world today. And because human ego is so strong it is inevitable there will be clashes between all these opposing forces eventually. I fear for the future. Those with a minority point of view will be hounded and bullied in future.

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  3. susanai says:

    So sad that this is so true. Thanks Ian.

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    1. You made the valid point on your blog that no one seems to care any more.

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  4. Eddie & Esther Norton says:

    This scenario is played much too often/

    On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 3:48 PM, ianscyberspace wrote:

    > ianscyberspace posted: ” Line stretched long and movement slow People > stand in helpless daze, Some have stood from sunrise glow Waiting in this > human maze Money spent and unemployed, Hunger burning deep inside, > Destiny a hopeless void On the streets they ” >

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    1. We still haven’t solved problems that plague humanity have we?

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  5. Very well written sweet Ian. Makes me sad that people who are willing to work cannot get work. Hugs

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    1. Yes, with all our technological advances we still haven’t solved the problems of hunger, lack of basic living facilities and joblessness. If money spent on war were to be spent on people much of the world’s sorrow could be alleviated.

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      1. I totally agree with you my friend.

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  6. borika45 says:

    BeUtiful Ian. You have such a gift 🎁

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Thank you so much Barb. I wrote that a long time ago and just discovered it recently.

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