Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I have seen all and none.




 By Mory keita

A singing bird perched on a tree,
A furious beast hurling its fury,
A burning arrow striking a corpse,
I have seen all and none.

I sit emotionless, faceless like a puppet,
Observing the moving hand of the clock,
“Damn it, too slow” my patience boils,
My thought wanders aimlessly in the seven heavens.
I cry of ecstasy, dance and jump of pain.
I chuckle and sing of rage to this unruly slow clock.

I roar my fury like a robust lion as I see slaughters;
Each tick-tock brings back memories.
These barren memories flux through my intoxicated mind;
My speech is flame, my sight is horror.

Blind, heartless savage, why dost thou speak to me?
I am the death, you fear, waiting at the corner,
I am a viper, calm as aggressive,
I am a bloodsucking mosquito,
 --Sucking the last drops of your miserable existence.

Patience, love, misery, fertility and life,
I have seen all and none.
I have seen wars in Iraq,Afghanistan and Somalia.
I have seen a people ravaged by war and famine.
I have experienced cruelty from Nazis, Slurs from ignorant folks.
I have seen terrorists plotting against peace.

I have seen all and none.
Why dost thou hate me?
I am Jew, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist.
I am Marxist, capitalist and communist.
I am black, white, Asian and Native American.
There is no mirror in my heart,
My vision is colorless, thus I do not discriminate.
Why dost thou wish to divide?

I have seen all and none.
I have seen patriots dying to preserve freedom and liberty,
I have seen selfless teachers willing to help at any moment.
I have seen mothers consoling their children, prophets of peace and love.
I have seen tenders eyes second to none.

Hatred, greed and stereotypes, do not approach my heart;
Do not corrupt my sight.



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28 comments:

Lydia Kang said...

There is a lot of passion in this piece, and yet boundless hope. Thank you for sharing it!

Mory said...

Thank you Lydia for reading this poem and sharing your thought on it. Your words are truly inspirational.

AWOKEN SOUL said...

hmm....hmm..."I've seen all and none"...great title with the poem capturing life's dark facets that keep us captives & treat us as lesser humans....pleading with life to save us from cruel acts of impunity....to restore our dignity...for the sake of humanity...indeed a poem from a poetic soul....great!

Dan Baker said...

Hi Mory,

Thanks so much for following me on my blog. I like your poetry - I especially like the line "I have seen all and none" in this poem! Looking forward to reading your work as you post it! Thanks again :)

Mory said...

Thank you very much guys for your gracious comments. i feel fired up now.

signed...bkm said...

Beautiful post and insite to life ...a world view within one piece....great vision..bkm

Djene said...

Astonishing poem ,love it.
Good Writing.

Shaz said...

wow peace reflects in poems... keep posting..

Mory said...

thank you both very much.

Djene said...

I was actually supposed to doing my paper for class tomorrow but, I decided to read this poem again. It is one of my favorite poems.
Love it. Just perfect
Don't get bored with my comments. LOL

Mory said...

It is a great pleasure to see such an eager reader as you reading my blog.

Jingle said...

awesome piece,
love the last sentence,
I will post after 11 hours, it is night time in my place now, I am online tomorrow morning all the time

fiveloaf said...

great work and hope for mankind..

Jingle said...

your link in in,
please visit and comment for 18 poets in my list,

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/thursday-poets-rally-week-25-july-22-july-28/

signed...bkm said...

I have read before...but on a second reading it is even better...bkm

buttercup600 said...

What a powerful statement in this poem...Do not corrupt my sight.
Loved it and thanks for sharing x

riikainfinityy.com said...

I must say that i love this poem very much, strong words and powerful meanings :) I wish i can see them all and experience what it is like, so i can really understand where the world i standing right now thank for sharing^^

pdotberry said...

your writing reminds me that i need to travel. the imagery is vivid - your eyes are clearly holding a lot. so cool...

divisoria said...

congrats on this one Mory.

What I great beat you got going here. Nice anchor too.

mangoesntangoes said...

This is a well vivid written poem. It brings back memories of my traveling days; reminding me that what we see sticks with us more. And it is very true that you haven't "really seen" until you have experienced these things in life which brings back to the point how little we really know about life.

joanny said...

A powerful piece of contemporary poetry. Well thought of verse, line by line word by word, speaks volumes of what is going on in our world today. This would be a good one nomination of a Poet Laureat.

Joanny
from thursdays rally
http://thedowsersdaughter.blogspot.com/

Two posts today one is for jingles rally
http://thedowsersdaughter.blogspot.com/2010/07/dance-of-fire-el-amor-brujo.html

deadpoet88 said...

So much pain and suffering in this world, and still we have the time to discriminate. It is a sad world we live in. You touched upon some very serious issues in your poem, and I must say I agree with you. Why the difference, are we not all human? Great work, this is one of the best I've read in a long time. :)

kavisionz said...

A powerful, moving and very insightful poem that has captured all misery, the cause of it, and the effects of it!
I wish we too could see beyond it all, and see none..
I wish we too could accept it all and move along..
You've said a lot thru' this amazing poem here!

Mory said...

Thank you very much everyone. thanks Signed...bkm

Jingle said...

A singing bird perched on a tree,
A furious beast hurling its fury,
A burning arrow striking a corpse,
I have seen all and none....


super powerful writing, welcome to JP..
you rock!

A+

Dasuntoucha said...

...I have seen all and none...

...this is quite a poetic odyssey you've created here...it's full of thought provoking wordplay...thanks for sharing this.

fiveloaf said...

seems difficult to write this but you did it so effortlessly.. mine's here- http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/head/

Jingle said...

keep writing....

Award/Treats 4 Poetic Friends of Jingle, Happy Thursday!

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