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those day-in day-out people

with whom

we share our daily bread

to whom

we trust our sleeping hours

from whom

we seek support

believing their words and motives


a group of persons

in a pod of inter-dependence

personal value measured

in relation to the unit

employing social arts

deploying survival skills

not much different

from a basic animal pack


for children

birth is a family lottery

choice not an option -

dictated by blood-lines -

adjudicated by governance -

or effected by erratic bonding

in the jowls of war 

or the bowels of poverty


life can be callous

where concepts of right and wrong

by diverse definition

are wrung into colourless grey

where the simple trumps the mighty

in the survival of sanity

for feet will follow bread and shelter

and hearts adore the promise of peace


if sanity falters

the person it fails

will fracture that connection

and seek another group bond

to cope with social living

in a shrinking world -

a universal effect

from forever


in our current democratic dream

of social responsibility

human relationships

locally, nationally and globally

are severely tested

by the lure of Entitlement:

a Pandora's Box of worldly woes

as ever such existed.





Cynthia Buell Thomas

thinking -just thinking

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Martin Elder

Tue 28th Jun 2016 23:38

Love this one Cynthia the flow and the power of description are exceptional. Fantastic

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 28th Jun 2016 15:52

this is exceptionally good Cynthia - the rhythm of it really resonates and speeds it along - and each line delivers a sharpened point - really like it

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Tue 28th Jun 2016 13:26

liking - just liking -

It's good to see you back Cynthia. I hope all is well with you.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 28th Jun 2016 11:37

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