Humanity without the humane

The faint strangled cry

of a separated child,

parents detached

when the need is most.

An emotional bond

smashed to smithereens,

lack of food, lack of space

lack of sleep, lack of love.


We are bringing up

traumatised infants.

What example are

we setting for our future?

Does the human

no longer exist in humanity?

Have we become our

own worst nightmare?


◄ Afresh again

Hardy folk ►


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Jon Stainsby

Mon 22nd Jul 2019 20:14

Thank you, Mae

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Mae Foreman

Mon 22nd Jul 2019 20:07

Sorrowful and beautiful as always!?

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 5th Jul 2019 06:43

Thank you, Jennifer. I wrote this with the US/Mexican border camps in mind, but your interpretation is true, also.


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jennifer Malden

Thu 4th Jul 2019 16:50

Obviously heartfelt, and unfortunately nowadays children are sofrequently traumatised when the parents split up. The older ones perhaps may understand better, but for the young ones their world just falls apart. Then sometimes there is also parental alienation. On the other hand one could say that a divorce is better than fighting the whole time. Either way the kids lose out.

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Jon Stainsby

Mon 1st Jul 2019 07:15

Thanks, Devon and Don. Sadly, yes.

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Don Matthews

Mon 1st Jul 2019 00:17

Humans have always had this me-first streak. Sadly.....

Devon Brock

Sun 30th Jun 2019 22:31

Looking through history, John, I think we always have been.


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