"To The Children, Parts 1 & 2

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    I think that each of us have our own memories of a place where they could go to and muse and wonder about life and nature

    "To The Children, Parts 1 & 2




    “To The Children”

    When I was a child I’d often lie in tall grass gazing at clouds. I’d fantasize all sorts of shapes from grotesque monsters, dinosaurs, giraffes, to God smoking a pipe.

    I often wondered what type of man I would be. What I would look like, do for a living and so on.

    Like most kids I didn’t really listen when adults would tell us to enjoy childhood because you’re only young once. I got into my fair share of trouble now and then but it was innocent for the most part. I didn’t really worry too much about it as my parents were never mean to us kids and I knew they wouldn’t stay angry for long.

    I recall the fifth grade when our teacher "Mr. Schroeder" explained the atomic bomb to us. He told us that how ever since it’s invention people had to live with the threat of nuclear war and possible mass extinction. I don’t believe that many of us nine and ten year olds could really wrap our minds around the concept of massive death. Let alone death on the scale of billions of lives lost just like that. We were preoccupied with childish games and daydreams. We couldn’t know or understand that the so-called leaders of our world, the presidents, premiers, ayatollahs, the fat cat oil men were playing their own childish versions of our games. I doubt they understood anymore than us children that they were playing immature games with our lives!


    We are grown up now, but the leaders haven’t changed, just their names and faces. They still play their twisted childish games with our lives, with our lands.

    My innocence has fled. It left the first time I saw a baby cry trying to awaken her dead mother. Casualties of the leaders war games. Horrific visions of children burnt beyond recognition on the six o’clock news. We bring some of these babies to our hospitals to be looked after, to foster homes to be raised with hopefully a little less insanity. This is all very nice and I suppose it helps to salve America’s collective conscience, it’s guilt at being a part of such insane and ugly terrors.

    I don’t feel hate but I get so goddamned mad when I think of the worlds leaders vying for power and land. Fighting in oil rich countries, young soldiers and innocent citizens suffer and die. The leaders never suffer unless they violate the unwritten code and get caught at some of their hypocritical double and triple dealing. They become so slippery when pushed to the wall and place the blame everywhere but on themselves.

    Like a child I can still wish that these so-called great men, these slimeball power merchants would wake up and open their eyes to the real world.

    Like a child I hope they will finally realize what an atomic bomb can do and somehow find a way to stop their childish grown up games.

    My memories of childhood are peaceful ones. Now that I am older , and no longer innocent I know it’s not just for the children that people must come to their senses. It’s for all people everywhere, young and old. But especially for the young ones. We must save the world for our children, our babies. They deserve to be secure in their innocence. The only way that will happen is for the pathetic little oil men, the politicians, premiers, ayatollahs, to open up their eyes and see that we are all children of the Same God, Who is Love! And GROW UP!!!



    “To The Children, Part Two”
    The childish games of grown-up men
    preocuppy their minds
    the same old song since time began
    "it’s not yours it’s mine"
    the spears and bows of olden wars
    are remnants of the past
    missiles now reach other shores
    so unbelievably fast
    the childish leaders of self import
    don’t realize the truth
    wars today are not the sort
    that anything lives through

    our babies are our greatest joys
    they make our lives complete
    while leaders play with atomic toys
    our kids play at our feet
    the childish fights of our kids
    are innocent in purity
    while oil men just up their buds
    with grown up immaturity

    you’d think that men both small and great
    would have the sense to know
    young soldiers die in foreign states
    the kids are first to go

    the sufferings the leaders cause
    mostly hurts the children
    they don’t know of wars and bombs
    unfortunately, they learn

    rich men stop your warring games
    games are for the kids
    oil fights and bombs insane
    are games that no one wins
    stop your childish grown up bouts
    that will make this earth a grave
    let reason clear up childish doubts
    there’s so much that we must save

    starting with the ones’ who learn
    of patriotic frenzies
    it angers me when babies burn
    because of mens insanities

    Save the babies
    Save our world
    Grow up you
    self important
    immature
    grown up children.

    Copyright Sam Hyde
    12-03-86

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    kyma63 commented on "To The Children, Parts 1 & 2

    08-11-2009

    Your words really spoke to my heart and soul. If only our world leaders could be moved by these words. You have done an awesome job at putting into words what many fear to say. Keep up the good work, you have a gift. Kyma63

    cutbanksam

    08/11/2009

    Thank you very much my friend.

    Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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