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This Feeling I've Known

by David R Spellman

Attempting to recount a lifetime
Trying to relay it in a rhythmic way
Realizing you’re not some songwriter
Questioning the meaning of it anyway
 
Hoping to lend a helping voice
Dying to bear just witness to this world
Observations of my days past spent
Waiting for this moment to unfurl
 
Shots ring out from varied grassy knolls
Voices quieted of reason and dreams
Lives still spent in senseless wars
Conscious of nothing still it seems
 
Struggling for rights guaranteed withheld
Tasteless discrimination a prolonged fate
Persistent resistance of proud hypocrites
Who treasure hidden un-buried hate
 
Setting into a sea of disturbed tranquillity
Blue-jeweled orb suspended adrift in space
Belying the turmoil hidden there from afar
The constant plight of the human race
 
Earth's natural beauty becomes for me
An obvious, beautiful, natural escape
Growing ever more concerned for us
Alarmed at her ever expanding rape
 
Divisions of hatred growing stronger
Devouring what little-left respect for life
Terror roaming our global village
We disconnect from hunger and strife
 
A world wide web we weave indeed
Tangled and caught in certain perplexity
Led to disbelieve the things we've seen
Shown hidden truths of deceit and treachery
 
At long last we come to the present day
Vultures gathered to savor a dying beast
But worlds turn and tides they shift
Leads to wondering which will be the feast
 
What deed had I done to merit
A view to this catastrophe
What reason had I growing into
This predetermined destiny
 
Why as a child did I see it
Why as a youth didn't I let it be
Why as my spirit grows older
Do I feel it draw closer to me
 
Dead set am I
Or so I've been
So certain I am that
I'm living at the end
 

07/07/1996

Posted on 10/15/2001
Copyright © 2022 David R Spellman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 05/23/03 at 12:54 AM

Reading this again surely makes me think about the book of Revelation which I am reading now as part of my devotions. We live in "the best of times and the worst of times"! Hasn't it always been that way? More so it seems than ever before.

Posted by Kate Demeree on 07/14/04 at 07:33 PM

I know I read this before.. as I have rated it.. yet to read it again now.. brings ever more revelation to my eyes.

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