Can We Pretend

Can we pretend
     social media highlights
     are every day life.

Can we pretend
     children aren't starving,
     neglected or abused.

Can we pretend
     Mother Earth will
     pardon our plundering.

Can we pretend 
     animals don’t suffer 
     for our gluttonous pleasure.

Can we pretend
     greed doesn't 
     fuel disease.

Can we pretend
     God is real and 
     loneliness isn’t.

Can we pretend
     addiction doesn’t 
     destroy families. 

Can we pretend
     a kiss makes
     the hurt go away.

Can we pretend
     Superman saves the day
     hand-in-hand with Lois Lane.

Can we pretend
     everything will
     be ok.

Can we pretend
     we will remain friends regardless 
     of religion or the shade of our skin.

Can we pretend
     hate never existed and 
     love never ends.

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Vautaw

Sun 8th Sep 2019 13:42

Thanks Don! Your word “plunder” inspired me!

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Don Matthews

Sun 8th Sep 2019 03:05

Suggestions from a lowly poet (but not sure if I have them the right way round)

Can we pretend
the planet is not there to satisfy
our every whim and fancy

or

Can we pretend
the planet is not there
for our taking

To which the reply comes back, wake up Don, of course it exists for our every whim and fancy. O course it's riches are there for the plundering, er taking. What would you know? You're just a poet.....Didn't God give us the planet to grow, develop and do what's necessary?......


You plunder my being
Much more than you need
Show some restraint
Just stop all your greed

and the earth sighed...

DM March


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Vautaw

Sun 8th Sep 2019 00:20

I want to include a line about the environment, but nothing is revealing itself to me at the moment. Feel free to add to the poem if you are inspired to do so!

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Vautaw

Sun 8th Sep 2019 00:18

Thanks so much for reading and your feedback Don, Maya, Rose, and Jason! 🙏

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Jason Bayliss

Sat 7th Sep 2019 11:14

Only for a little while before the cold hard truth steps in. No we can't pretend.
Excellent words.

J. x

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Rose Casserley

Sat 7th Sep 2019 11:12

so clever, so lovable!










Rose 💋

Maya Zaldivar

Sat 7th Sep 2019 04:48

I loved this 👍

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Don Matthews

Sat 7th Sep 2019 04:23

Well done Vautaw. Life seems to be one big pretend...hmmm

Your:

Can we pretend
a kiss makes
the hurt go away.

reminded me 'damage done never forgotten'

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Vautaw

Sat 7th Sep 2019 02:52

Thanks Ruth! What a privilege to share time and space with the legendary Freddie Mercury. Did you see Bohemian Rhapsody? It made me fall in love with Queen all over again!

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Ruth O'Reilly

Sat 7th Sep 2019 01:22

Great poem...it was Freddie's birthday on Thursday too

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