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I’m Sorry

by George Hoerner

to the little boy with
the empty stomach
in Africa’s horn
i saw you so sad
i nearly cried tonight
on the evening news

do you know you
are a news item?
you’ve been half way
around the world
on the nightly news

and so many
thought for a moment
about your plight
as they were
just finishing or
starting desert

but we have
a government
that can’t begin
to feel the pain
of their own people
so how can they
think of helping

i apologize


Posted on 07/24/2011
Copyright © 2018 George Hoerner

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joan Serratelli on 07/28/11 at 08:28 PM

Well- you have me crying- poinient write- thanks/

Posted by Felicia Aguilar on 07/31/11 at 01:41 PM

Tragic, but I am sure everyone can relate to this. You've managed to capture such sadness and empathy in such a beautiful framework.

Posted by Lori Blair on 10/17/11 at 04:07 AM

Strong write..and as frustrating..how can they? Excellent!!!

Posted by Rula Shin on 10/19/11 at 02:55 AM

Yes, it's heartbreaking and I wonder if the people in those commercials are really their advocates, and besides, who is responsible for their plight? Is it someone at a great distance from us or is it we ourselves, each man projecting his human nature in his small surrounding contributing to the world at large. A poignant reminder George that we must never take for granted what we have nor become insensitive to our part in what others don't have. Nicely done. :-)

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 10/20/11 at 12:20 PM

you need not apologize George for writing such a magnificent piece. You've opened many a blind eye and the little guy could not have had a more compelling champion!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 11/03/11 at 01:34 PM

how can you say it better? this ode of yours, George has all the earmarks of Ode Of The Century, and it merits such in my estimation. What you have penned here my friend is a toothbrush for the soul on whose surface tartar has been building up of late or forever. and to begin to break down such tartar requires such a toothbrush as you have manufactured, George with your hands in concert with your heart.

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