Introspection

Recent Pictures 306Returning from a weeklong cruise, I find myself being introspective. Maybe I’m just getting older (aren’t we all?) but whenever I gazed at the ship I sailed on or the airplane I flew on, I kept thinking, mankind (and this goes without saying that women are included in this) is skilled in so many areas. I mean, the fact that man designed something as massive as a 165,000 ton ship that can move 6,000 people to different parts of the world in a matter of days in itself is astounding. Something so large yet it can float.

While eating, I would observe numerous families consisting of many nationalities, eating or interacting with the staff, who were also from all over the world.

Therefore, it boggles my mind when I continue to read about violence here in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world. It is so senseless.

Why is this?

A man in the nearby town of Temple Hills, Maryland, shot two firefighters, killing one and critically injuring the other,  after they came to his residence on a welfare check. It is unclear at this time whether he thought that it was a home invasion or whether they introduced themselves or forced their way in but it asks the question: When did we get like this, everyone scared of everyone else? The motto nowadays is to shoot, stab, beat-up, you name it first and ask questions later.

When will mankind get itself together and learn to live, play and work together like we did on that huge ship I was on, a microcosm of the world at large?

I hope it is soon.

 

Minority

This poem is inspired by Lovely Curses’ blog, http://lovelycurses.com/2016/02/01/black-poetry-writing-month-write-a-poem-that-ignites/

More than, less than

I hate the word Minority

it means less than.

It’s supposed to refer to our numbers

but how do we know

that it’s not the opposite of we can?

Categories in general

just set my teeth on edge.

There are too many of them around.

Into our hearts, it drives a wedge.

More than, less than

may we just equate

that we are all human beings

born of the human race?

Mankind is supposed to be superior

to all living things.

Sometimes I don’t see it, though,

’cause countless wars still persist,

their ends we’ll never know.

Pamela D. Beverly                            #BlaPoWriMo

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