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The Comfort of Living

by David R Spellman


The comfort of living
at the expense
of being
too comfortable
too complacent
too commonplace
to consider
the consequence
of commercialized
feeding tubes
continued contamination,
credit card interest
compounded daily 

our conscience
that we contribute
cookie money
and cancelled
our candy catalogues 

across the continents
can you see
the children


Posted on 12/19/2007
Copyright © 2023 David R Spellman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Wendy Sparling on 12/19/07 at 05:41 AM

You express yourself quite well, David, and your poem especially fits this time of year.

Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 12/19/07 at 07:03 AM

Crazy but true! MFS

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/19/07 at 03:32 PM

Fascinating form and most effective, with an important reminder.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/20/07 at 02:30 PM

Much food for thought in just a few lines here David. I ride the buses here in Ottawa almost every day, and I do see a lot of long faces, especially going into work in the morning. As Leonard Cohen once wrote, "everybody knows the deal is rotten."

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 12/20/07 at 10:21 PM

Unfortunately true and most people don't realize it. Aargh...Chelle puts down the mirror to get less depressed... You've written my story here, at least in the last 2 lines of the first stanza.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 12/21/07 at 12:30 AM

A great social commentary that certainly fits our day. A prick to the conscious! As a Christian do I live too well with so many in the world suffering?

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 12/21/07 at 03:10 AM

Well done poem of the times Dave....Charlie

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