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Anthem

by Richard Vince

What was the point at which
I ceased to care? Perhaps it was
When I realised that people are
More important than notions.

A city, a nation, a people, an economy.
Artificial names we give to
Help us understand, like false gods,
Like idols to explain the world
We inhabit; the world we create.

To them, we sacrifice our own:
We give them to militarism,
To poverty, to patriotism in acts
Of worship to our countries.

What was the point at which
We ceased to care? At which we
Chose to look after our
Self created gods instead of
Each other?

02/17/2012

Posted on 02/20/2012
Copyright © 2016 Richard Vince

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 02/20/12 at 06:49 PM

A very worthy anthem indeed. Awesome.

Posted by George Hoerner on 02/21/12 at 09:19 AM

Walking the streets of any large city where those passing by refuse to meet your gaze is another example of people refusing to be involved with another live person. Better as you say to be involved with an abstract comcept like King, Country, or God.

Posted by Kara Hayostek on 03/04/12 at 05:48 PM

I'm pretty sure facebook, smart phones, internet sites like this one has something to do with it...we are all constantly connected to each other, yet we are lacking the real human face to face interactions...

Posted by Kara Hayostek on 03/04/12 at 05:48 PM

I'm pretty sure facebook, smart phones, internet sites like this one has something to do with it...we are all constantly connected to each other, yet we are lacking the real human face to face interactions...

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