“We have tall buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.”

We have towering infernos and grubby deals, promised autonomy. We mis-quote, re-vote and live in rigged economy 

Take the words of an alleged extremist, turn them into peaceful profit, words are power. So is compassion

Staring at his phone he feels isolated but so connected his screen is animated with all the things he wants but nothing that he needs

“We have guided missles and misguided men.”

Echoed on the streets of Selma, on the bridges of LA, in the gutters of Kensington. When shall we begin again to find human inflections

“Is the pledge just something to say he hopes not, cuz he loves the USA. When the coffins come back do you care. When only the poor kids die is it fair?”

Could be Vietnam or Iraq, could even be a local block of flats. Conversation must get nearer win some conversions to a message clearer

Sister Earth can you hear me

Sister Earth please be near me

Ignore the motors of the fracking engines, we’ll love each other and bring about peace again.

Words and photography Copyright John de Gruyther 2017

Quotes by Bob Whitemead, Martin Luther King and LL Cool J

This poem was inspired by a sermon today at church. Thanks Andrew.


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