A new poem! "What message are you sending?

We read, we write, we judge, we fight.
We insult, we listen, with all our might.
We love, we hurt, we bend, we see,
Just what message they're sending me!

We break, we fix, we know, we ask.
We sit, we stand, we do the task.
We stay, we go, we speak, we wait.
To hear your message abbreviate!

We drive, we walk, we ride, we turn.
Listening for something new to learn.
We see, we hear, we jump, we shout.
Without considering that deadly mouth.

We teach, we yearn, to tell the truth.
We gesture with our eyes that's what we do.
We touch, we push, we force, we lie.
So tell us your message and tell us why!

We sleep, we wake, we work, we live.
In a world that's full of fear.
We nourish, we care, we think, we say
We give, we take, we share, we make!

The messages sometimes we don't understand.
Left in thought with an empty hand.
We want to ask what is this stuff.
Never explaining why we had enough!

The children are innocent, so full of love.
That can't understand why we judge.
And then they grow up in what they've learned.
Trying to figure out why their passions burn.

The message is clear, but will we hear?
What message are you sending?
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Submitted on December 20, 2015

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,110
Words 222
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2

Carl Semien

Hi.....my name is Carl Anthony Semien, I was born on Oct 25th 1957 in Lake Charles, La. I found my passion for writing poetry when I entered my first poetry contest with Poetry.com in 1997 with the poem "A Place" which gave me my first poetry Editor's Choice Award. Since then I've published two poetry books and received 5 more Awards. Writing is a vent for me and I'm a better person because of it! Now I reside in Hollywood, Ca. Where I continue writing to inspire, encourage, and challenge my readers and other fellow poets out there! Hope my poems brings optimism, change, to make this world a better place. And most importantly, when my life is over, let it be said....."I Contributed more than I Criticized!" more…

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