A Tribute to Decency

A Tribute to Decency


If it were not for this patch of land

This small part of God's vast creation

Amongst a desultory but decent people

I would be lying in some back street

Having been raped by a broken bottle

Or murdered and deposited in a field

Where the harvest had yet to be reaped

Or thrown from the highest building

I live, exist only by grace in a place of little space

But whose peope have anointed my soiled face

I live not in Chechnya, Uganda or Iran

Where my end would be violent and cursed

Places of no compassion bereft of progress

and full of bigotry

I have run the race of life to my resting place

Grateful to my compatriots for their forebearance

and tolerance

Who only fifty years ago persecuted and imprisoned me

Que sera, sera

◄ The Divide of Prejudice

Acceptance ►


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keith jeffries

Fri 13th Nov 2020 23:33

Brian, thank you for reading and commenting.

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keith jeffries

Fri 13th Nov 2020 21:37

Kevin, M.C., Rose, Jon, Ankita, Stephen G
Stephen A. Thank you all for reading and commenting on this poem. You are a constant source of sound criticism and encouragement.

Thank you again,

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Fri 13th Nov 2020 21:03

Many thanks for this Poem, which intelligently describes the horrors and the lack of tolerance and understanding still prevalent today to those who embrace their true identity.

As you say in your closing stanza, it wasn't all that long ago that this small home country we thankfully live quite safely in now would quite happily have persecuted, hunted down and imprisoned someone for being true to their selves.

Well done


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Rose Casserley

Fri 13th Nov 2020 18:07

Maybe that I am but one voice but it is one voice that thank's you for your protective service on our behalf.

Great poem Keith that I think doubtlessly comes
from the depths of your whole being.

Rose 💋

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 13th Nov 2020 14:10

A parable for how time can bring change for the better in our human
existence. It's as if we are all on some path to achieving enlightenment intended to bring eventual eternal happiness.

Kevin T.S. Tan

Fri 13th Nov 2020 12:34

thank you for this one

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