"Yesterday's Future Present"


  • MalikPeterson

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A Vicious cycle...

"Yesterday's Future Present"

Yesterday's Future Present

They said...

There will be no secure lodgings...
no safe havens.
Apocalypse now...
revolutionaries brazen...

just as savage as cavemen...
guns a blazin'.
Human propensity to shed blood's amazin'

Hearts are vacant.
Poison darts are blatant.
What's the difference between sharks...
smelling blood and today's men?

We believe the children are the future...
yet we mold and shape them...
to only feel safe when...

they've got the power...so if lives aren't there's...
it's okay to take them....
and when lives aren't fair...
it's okay to take them.

Suicide bomb...
suicide's haven...
suicide's craved when...
they themselves hate them.

Life's stock plummets daily...
livestock equates them...
human cattle to the slaughter house...
do you get a prize if you take them?
Eyes open daily...
I shutter and shake them...
trying to get some brown back from that green...
when society jades them.
I have seen the mountain top...
but we won't get there...
our wound festers hot...
but we don't give care...
We laugh now at yesterday's malcontents...
lack of moral content made them even less benevolent.
They dug deep but somewhere the shovel bent...
so a crooked path we follow to the smoke with the hellish scent.

lessons never learned...from their faults...we never went.

Those poor souls...yes those malcontent peasants...
our lives are enriched...we dine on doves and pheasants.
They paved the way...now everything's pleasant...

or is it?

Yesterday's future is present.

© 2009-2010 Malik Peterson. All Rights Reserved.

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1blackbarbie commented on "Yesterday's Future Present"


that was very deep. it's so true. I sometimes think to myself what is this world coming to, and how will it be 10, 20 years from now. kind of scary. very good.



Thanks much for the read and feed. I am glad you liked it and...I think the same thing every now and again. Appreciate you stoppin by :)

ShawnPatrick commented on "Yesterday's Future Present"


This is not the first of your work that I have read, but this one srtuck home. Maybe it was the subject matter or perhaps my current state of mind...either way i love it. P.S. Miss Caity has sung your praises and that is what brought me to your work. Kudos mines are all around you. Best watch your step...or not.



Thank you shawn...I am glad you have read my work before and were compelled to comment on this piece. I am glad Caity has told you about me...all good things I hope lol. Thank you for the explosive kudos lol. I will quote you if and when I use that one if it is okay with you lol. Thanks for stopping by. It's always appreciated.

Madelynn commented on "Yesterday's Future Present"


The title says it all!-and so do you-with that ease to keep the reader(me) hanging on every line! You have brought up some perfect analogies about this 'world' in which we dwell..you have a great ability to bring focus on REAl issues we are facing globally. You have a poem, can't remember which one..and it pretty much says-that you have veiwed so much human hatred and pain, that you dont even want to waste your time talking about it-because the issue goes unchanged! I know that feeling.-but Malick, my good friend, I am so frickin glad-that you do drag it out in the streets for people to smell their rot! You Malick, are the voice of tomorrow, my dear, you just dont know it yet!-ps-thanx for the house, but now Im gonna need a garage!!-LOL,Maddi



thank you Maddi. I am glad you have taken a liking to the truth telling...I was thinking of taking on a new pen name...maybe The Journalist? lol I will go around reporting all the ills of the world with a hint of rhyme. What do you think? A garage ey? Are you driving the kudos now? lol. I appreciate you stopping by as always :)

danmartyjake1 commented on "Yesterday's Future Present"


Poignant and poetic verse conveyed majestically here in this jewel of art on paper..



that is a priceless comment dear dmj...absolutely priceless...and glad you decided to bestow it on one of my pieces :) I appreciate you stopping by once again and as always :)

BrokenAngel210 commented on "Yesterday's Future Present"


this really captures the era of today. i'm so sick of turning on the news lately. it's all bad news...this person shot up this many ppl...this mother killed her lil baby...another arab blows up something else....ahhhhhh i'm so sick of. but i loved this piece that puts it in2 a prospect that sums it all up...good work brother



thank you so much...I am glad you liked it...and things are a mess these days arent they? I appreciate you stopping by as always :)

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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