Author Steve Lay – It’s Just a Joke

Must have had victim tattooed on my forehead,

Easy target some of the things that you said,

Did you see me coming a mile away?

I’m still thinking about those scars today,

The more you react the more I win was what you said,

I didn’t know what to think,

We are just joking we don’t mean any harm,

Oh my god you are so serious, it’s all about the charm,

A joke is where everybody is laughing too,

But in this case the only one’s laughing were you,

You said you missed the abuse even though there was no excuse,

Feeling the inferior, there was the hysteria,

Walking the playground on my own,

My knees begin to buckle when I was alone,

Sometimes it was a dream was it like it seems,

After the abuse, when you made me feel not much use,

When you’re looking for any excuse,

After walking through the fire and the smoke,

To you it was just a joke.

©  Steve Lay

Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”

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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.

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