Today is so different than when I was a
child. Nowadays, if you’re not satisfied
everyone knows it…
Please excuse me,
I’m just having a moment.
Things are not going my way.
I’m not happy
until I have my way.
Hmmm, in my day,
it was called a tantrum.
If you were with the sitter, acting out,
when she called mom,
all it took was that one phone call.
I remember the days when
a trantrum was a trantrum.
Instead of getting even,
lashing out or having a fit-
you straighten up,
calmed yourself down
and acted rational.
If not, there was a consequence.
It made you a
grounded man or woman,
a respectable adult.
So, dear little ones
when things do not go your way,
act the way your mom and dad raise you.
Besides, your mom and dad would be proud.
From what I see,
as I sit back and watch,
it seems it’s easier nowadays for some
parents to get by
letting you have your way.
Don’t wait until their back is up against a brick wall…
“It is easier to build strong children
than to repair broken men.”
Be proactive not reactive…
Build a future…
Quote Credit: Frederick Douglass
Response to the Daily Prompt Challenge. Today’s word (Brick)
Along the sandy shore
of Florida beaches,
fragments of rocky pebbles
wash against its shoreline.
Smiling faces, and
the laughter of children
calm and subdue
the rushing waves.
Remnants of seashells
drift along its seashore
while warm hearts
bask in the sun.
WE ALL WANT OUR LIBERATION.
YET, SOME HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR EQUALITY.
WHY SHOULD SOME HAVE TO FIGHT
FOR THEIR RIGHTS TO BE FREE
WHEN THIS WORLD WAS CREATED
EQUAL FOR ALL TO BE FREE?
ARE WE LIVING IN A WORLD CREATED BY MAN?
IF SO, WITH ALL HIS CREATIVE BRILLIANCE,
WHY WOULD MAN CREATE HIS WORLD
TO INCLUDE THOSE HE WANTED
TO HAVE NO PART OF IT?
WAS MAN GIVEN THE RIGHTS TO LORD OVER OTHERS?
OR, IS THESE WHY THINGS ARE SUCH A MESS?
WHAT A SHAME, SINCE WE’RE ALL CREATED OUT OF THE
SO, WHO IS MAN TO HAVE CLAIM OVER IT?
THERE ARE POISONOUS WASTES IN OUR GULF STREAMS.
THIS WASTE POLLUTES OUR OCEANS,
AND THEY THREATEN OUR SEAS.
YES, CONTAMINATED WATER
IS A SOCIETAL DISGRACE,
BUT, WE’RE NO BETTER THAN THE WASTE
THAT WE ALLOW TO POLLUTE OTHERS
WHEN WE ALLOW PRIDE, BIGOTRY, AND HATRED,
IN OUR HEARTS AGAINST OTHERS.
WE LET THESE POISONS RAGE SAVAGELY
THROUGHOUT OUR SOUL,
AND THEN WE ALLOW THEM TO CONTAMINATE OUR BEING.
THEN, THE STENCH FROM THEM ARE ALLOWED TO
SPILL ALL OVER THIS WORLD.
WHEN WE BICKER BECAUSE OF DIFFERENCES
IN RACE, SEX, AND CREED,
WHERE IS MAN TO PUT THESE THINGS IN CHECK?
WHO SHOULD WE THANK?
IS IT MAN?
WHO SHOULD WE BLAME FOR ALL OUR MESS?
IS IT MAN?
IS IT THE SAME MAN WHO THINKS HE IS BETTER THAN OTHERS?
THE MAN WHO THINKS HE RULES THIS WORLD?
THEN, MAN, IF YOU’RE LISTENING, YOU SHOULD GIVE US A BREAK?
WHILE MAN IS BUSY FIGHTING OVER TRIVIAL MATTERS
AND FIGHTING TO BE A SOMEBODY,
OUR CHILDREN ARE CRYING TO BE NOTICED,
BUT, TOO MANY ARE DYING UNNOTICED.
SOME ARE DYING AT THE HANDS
OF THOSE WHO SHOULD PROTECT THEM.
MANY OF OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED
TO HAVE A DECENT CHILDHOOD
BECAUSE THEIR INNOCENCE WAS STOLEN
BY COWARDLY, AND DESPICABLE, ACTS OF TERROR.
OFTEN THESE ACTS ARE BY
THE FRIENDLY HANDS THEY KNEW,
IN SOME CASES, THEY’RE THE HANDS
THAT SHOULD HAVE HELD THEM CLOSE
AND MADE THEM FEEL SECURE.
ARE WE EVER GOING TO GET THINGS RIGHT?
ARE WE EVER GIVING UP ALL
THE BICKERING AND PETTY FIGHTS?
WILL THIS WORLD REVOLVE
AROUND UNITY AND PEACE?
WE WILL NEED TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER LIFE
BEFORE WE TURN THIS WHOLE WORLD AROUND?
SOON THIS WORLD WON’T BE A BETTER PLACE,
UNLESS EACH ONE OF US MAKE AN EFFORT
TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.
LET’S LIVE UP TO THE PRINCIPLES
THAT WE PIOUSLY SING ABOUT,
IN THIS PRESENT LIFETIME,
THIS PLACE IS NOT GOING TO BE
HEAVEN ON EARTH, BUT
CAN WE JUST HAVE SOME LIBERTY
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL?
IF WE CAN’T DO IT FOR OURSELVES,
CAN WE DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN?
Hello, America. I can not keep this locked inside. I’m appalled about social
injustices. This is a public outcry to unlock my feelings about the
contaminated water conditions in Flint Michigan. These poisonous toxins are
in the systems of our children and families. My thoughts about the long-term
effect from these despicable acts of negligence affecting innocent lives. It is more
than what I can continue to keep locked up.