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at the altar

what do we bring to sacrifice,
to the altar of our fears
will the fear, itself, suffice
to wipe away these grieving tears

here, a satchel i take in stride
through the machine, my will to cede
and here, too, a bag of my pride
that it turns out, i didn't need

that old man has a video camera
and a young one totes a backpack
can we turn them outta here
for the bravery that i lack

and the child so innocent beside her,
that woman there with righteous shawl,
are mother and child vengeful saboteurs
would a flash of hate burst my wall

do i send my firstborn far away
did the world change to get more hate
is that the price my dread must pay
is that all my fright can relate

when i stand on this serene beach
is evil banished from my sight
is the violent tsunami out of reach
if i waive some liberty, some right

should land's crust pull asunder
and an abyss drop before my feet
would relinquishing fear pull me under
would, then, i go down in defeat

my god, what must i do to appease
when i stand before some conflagration
to vindicate, to assuage, to please
must i change my life's foundation

or can i only fear fear itself
to live as those i remember might want
take life day-to-day from off the shelf
without hate and fear, my dreams to haunt

Armageddon might be without love
but my world today is more than this
i refuse to live life devoid of
love and empathy and a bit of bliss

© Goode Guy 2011-09-08
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Posted: Sep 2011

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country_lady67
what do we bring to sacrifice,
to the altar of our fears
will the fear, itself, suffice
to wipe away these grieving tears

Armageddon might be without love
but my world today is more than this
i refuse to live life devoid of
love and empathy and a bit of bliss



Wow such a heartfelt and powerful write.. thank you
.. bouquet bouquet
fjamesj9701
i refuse to live my life devoid of
love and empathy and a bit of bliss

Absolutely superb GoodGuyD.

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Macduff5
A very affirmative poem GG and resonates well with recent disasters and never to be forgotten events. thumbs up wine
cafetwo2010
A poem I would lay at the Altar of greatness in honor of the earnest heart who penned it..Nice to read you again goodguy..!angel thumbs up wine
gnj4u
Hi, agoodguy2have,
Your poem is outstanding in its poetic structure, rhyme and its important message. if i waive some liberty, some right in the face of fear, we have done more to ourselves than any plane could possibly do. For all of the soldiers who sacrifice every day to protect our freedoms and for those victims unwillingly sacrificed, hopefully, we can at least find within ourselves the courage to live as those i remember might want - in freedom, without hate and fear. Thank you for caring and sharing.
Yankee4you
Fantastic write.....coming through all the superficial fear I see some strong determination to make what's right....well right and center stage.....very good idea....too often we are all being led down the wrong path by the press...our leaders....and everyone else who tries to control us for whatever purposes they have....looks like you have broken free....
marikiaonline today!
You've made a right choice, Agoodguy, by your refusal to live "devoid of love and empathy": with love as a guide and support you will not have to appease, or assuage, or plead with some evil, or change your life's foundation or conquer your fear: just "take life day-to-day from off the shelf without hate and fear" and bring "a bit of bliss" into it! Hope you will come out with a new poem shortly!My blessings!teddybear
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