Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Yet another rather disturbing acrostic exercise from


'Inhumanity to man' a phrase we know so well.
Neighbours may be in trouble but we don't ring their bell.
Heaven-on-Earth could be our lot if only we could see
Unhappiness on our doorstep, and hear each heartfelt plea.
Many nights the homeless sleep out in the cold and rain,
Awakening to hunger, grief, abandonment and pain.
Necessity's their companion; we turn our heads away,
Impatient with their attitude, not knowing what to say.
'Tomorrow I'll do something'..... we say that and feel pleased.
Yes, it a very simple way to have one's conscience eased!

Many examples here:


Carver said...

Man's inhumanity is disturbing. You did a good job illustrating that with the acrostic.

Lola said...

Your very clever and concise post provides a lot of reflection!

Thanks for stopping by - and hope you're having a great week in wonderful Australia!


Maggi said...

Wow, this is marvelous!

SandyCarlson said...

This is disturbing. When humanity is reduced to giving a dollar at the K-Mart cash register, we are in danger of believing we are good and kind when we are really not. That is quite an image you have created.

Nalini Hebbar said...

We do so little!!!...but that's human, you know!...wonderful poetry for a cause

Margaret Gosden said...

As I said recently in a post, giving small change, however small, helps someone. Giving a dollar at a supermarket chain is something - I just wonder how much of that dollar the needy get. We do what we can and we writers and artists do what we can by what we do with our gifts. I feel these rimes, entering cyberspace, will reach others who feel the same way and, together, consciousnesses are raised. Sort of like how the power of prayer is supposed to work.

ninotaziz said...

I fear the simplest form:

"Neighbours may be in trouble but we don't ring their bell."

Love thy neighbour. Something we can all do. People. Nations. Children.

ninotaziz said...

Ihope my comment got through.

Mary said...


Just Me said...

Excellent poem. Very sad but well written.

Diane T said...

Inhumanity IS painful.

Paul Andrew Russell said...

A very nice Acrostic.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

You did a great job with this acrostic, the lines flowed as if it wasnt an acrostic at all. You expressed this so well. Good poem.

Weasel said...

Pain rings in this one. It's hard today to give to where it is really needed. I see many people begging daily, but I also see a few of those same people drive off in cars. Great response to the prompt! Wonderfully written!


Anonymous said...

Your poem tells it all :) Thank for sharing and I love reading this^^

Carrie Van Horn said...

This one is amazing...thank you for sharing it. :-)

dcwright02 said...

sad yet beautifully written.. "pain" can be a hard topic to write about... thanks for sharing

rch said...

Hi, great acrostic, it is well written and flows smoothly.