All along the divided lines
Pacifists and elders hugging the sidelines
Those are preaching for justice and for change
Tensions arise for the relations have become estranged
Revolution being painted with an obscure brush
The powers that be infatuated with the blood rush
Blurred truths that goes against the grain
Complete control as the objective in order to maintain
Weak minded souls sculpted by Willie Lynch
A dark reality is drawn while the onlookers flinch
Searching for answers in this tragic mosaic
Same ole song that has become prosaic
© Lindsey F. Rhodes
Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
Foreword . . .
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
Demitri Tyler, Author
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