Imagine All The People...

They saw a snowman
And called it
The tip of an iceberg

They couldn't see the scarf or hat
Because wisdom
Makes them blind.

They saw a cup of water
And called it
A raging flood

They said it was dangerous
And they couldn't 
Change their minds.

They saw an egg-timer
And called it
A harsh desert

They claimed that it was hell on earth
Because they'd decided
What to find.

They saw a wonderful mother
And they called her 

The truth didn't matter at all
Because they couldn't 
Spare the time.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Mon 18th Jan 2021 09:14

Thank you Ray for your comment. I appreciate it.

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Sun 17th Jan 2021 21:16

In a colourful way I think you have revealed an aspect of human nature that can be unhelpful at best and destructive at worst Aviva. Sparing the time in your line indicates caring enough for the truth , but closed minds are the danger !

Good writing I reckon.


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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Sun 17th Jan 2021 19:54

Thank you Stephen. Your comments are always so thoughtful and generous.

Funnily enough this morning when I posted it I couldn't recall the logic of the harsh desert, I decided to post it anyway thinking to trust my original inspiration this once.. now I remember which type of egg timer I was referring to and it all makes sense to me again. 😀

But humorous anecdote aside, this is quite a harsh and difficult poem and I wasn't sure if anyone would like it. That being said, thanks also to everyone who has encouraged me by clicking 'Like' for the poem!

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 17th Jan 2021 17:53

The imagery in this poem is wonderful, and so many powerful lines.
The last verse nails it.

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