The Facile Dance – A Poem

Tiny minds the magic see;
Ne’er hunger, rage or misery;
It matters little whence they hail;
From city strong or jungle vale.

Bouncy castles tethered fast;
Piñatas filled and gifts amassed;
Or bottle cap rolled through the sand;
Pulled gently on by tiny hand.

Though born to need, children don’t weep;
And through their naught, they somehow sleep;
A flashing grin comes easy, fast;
Though meager is their day’s repast.

Life is for all a lottery;
Richy rich, or poverty;
Health will find some straight and strong;
While for so many, much will go wrong.

We like to say ‘tis love that counts’;
A father’s hug, not his accounts;
A mother’s gentle caring touch;
Means most to baby, by so much.

But is that just a facile dance?
Uttered by those born into chance;
Who’ve never suffered, fled from war;
Seen tiny bodies washed ashore.

From distant lands I’ve watched them speak;
Equality, a word, a shriek;
Chimera vile, who must be slain;
Themselves, the targets of the feign.

For you who seek to kill that beast;
Listen to my cry at least;
The evil that you wish to end;
Is different than you think, my friend.

Three meals, a roof, the right to flee;
A simple word – opportunity;
That’s the thing, sets us apart;
From those who cannot even start.

So go, to feet that word a lamp;
I’ll see you soon, in distant camp;
Fighting there the monster strong;
You’ll find he’s been there all along.

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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