Monday, November 14, 2011

Arizona Poet Laureate by Bob Atkinson


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Arizona Poet Laureate
(c)2011 Bob Atkinson
 Conflict
they saw the need for moderation
in the daily thoughts of men
some deep reflective deliberation
to draw us together as friends

           
search they did for that which
becomes oh so hard to find
common ground for progress
which feeds the needs of all kinds

           
support for those issues
which lay behind our times
comes slowly when divisiveness
brings a sudden call to arms

           
if directed toward the past
we see others perform
those actions in a context
so very close to ours

   
hindsight's a map available to us
as we move through lifetime's trials
if we choose to absorb the lessons
of history from our fathers' writings

           
haven't we come beyond
that old selfish outlook
to a point where we can satisfy  
our egos without mortal conflict?  

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