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Laughter on a Sinking Ship &
Our Castles of Sand

by Velma COOK

People tell me
Try to laugh at life

I smile
and find joy in children's laughter
the swaying of trees and singing of birds

I close my eyes and sigh
as I hear
trickling water
feeding the earth
growing the food to maintain our existence

Everywhere I look
I find glimpses of beauty-
the root of joy
In all things green and pure

But to laugh at the foolishness of man
the biased hate of black and white
the stomping pride of arrogance
Shameless boasting and obscenity
the whirling laughter of intoxicating power -
In these, there is no joy

The hardness of the human heart!
How many are buried
whose hearts died long ago?

Like hardened earth that leaves no trace of footsteps
unlike soft green grass that
bears the imprint of those who pass

Hardened hearts
blossom into beauty
when truth and softness
cover their darkness with light

We eat, we drink, we sleep, we work,
we love, we hate
our birth is followed by our death
its time unknown

All that's really ours
is what our hands have sent forth
In a world where virtue is scorned

Time passes like sands through an hour glass
like the steady motion of a sinking ship
and we, on board
oblivious to its downward turn
To the very end
are we bent on laughter?

While others weep,
can we smile -
When cries of injustice
echo in our ears?

Laughter!
like so many bubbles of joy
on waves of inhumanity.

Hands determinedly digging
through sand, rocks and shells
pounding, pumping and preparing
magnificent mounds of living structure.


Like castles of sand
on a burning beach,
our cities emerge
from lifeless barren soil.
A network of confusion
erupting into violence and hate.


Only the rich can have
the upper windows
that look out and on, away
from the mess their hands
have formed.


The others, stifled
sitting in houses
awaiting death.
Seizing, grasping any kind of joy
that comes their way,
even if their joy claims
that of others.


Stagnated youth, lying helpless at the end of a needle
Stolen innocence of childhood appeasing the lusts of men
Tyrannical credit cards
seizing wealth that does not exist,
pulling people into poverty
in the name of freedom.


Beware! the tide always comes
what we think is permanent, stable and prolonged
disappears in an instant.
Our castles of sand
that cost so much of life and beauty to build,
will one day,
all be washed away.








Note: Above 2 poems submitted by Ayça BAHÇA for the When Peace Comes Poetry Event - 2004 on October 27, 2003.

   
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