Sunday, May 3, 2015

What Could Have Been - by Bob Atkinson


What Could Have Been
(c)2015 Bob Atkinson

of eighty five million
perhaps one or more could do
that beyond what we have seen
or currently have on view

cut short lives of fine performance
cut out of history's rope
cut from a herd of stallions
cut from a bar of soap

to clean our forest stations
to sweeten life's good cheer
we miss those institutions
which contain us when we fear

a future unknown in quality
be good, or bad, between?
what could have been with ideals profound
got mired in backward walking dreams

here I sit lamenting lives
I've never known in real
just feeling their contribution
could have helped us in our ideals

yet they are gone because of ideas
how could an idea slash open wounds
is want of progress so involved
as to cause carnage when it tries to do

that which we all want
a world of fixed resolve
to progress our species toward
shopping at the mall

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