man

this is who i am

man

with all that i have accomplished:

the workers i have exploited
the dreams i have destroyed
the forests i have burned
the cities i have bombed
the animals i have tortured
the people i have terrorized
the delusions i have inspired
the drugs i have sold
the limbs i have severed
the flesh i have flayed
the families i have crushed
the children i have raped

this is who i am

man

worship me

Salt Lake City 14 Nov 2012

8 thoughts on “man

    • Agreed, RL. I have my very cynical moments. Sometimes lengthy moments. But I do hope that humans can overcome their selfish qualities and celebrate their innate kindnesses.

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  1. An interesting write would be to a contrast to this poem, that is show the positives of man kind, or perhaps a (from a women empowerment side it could be I am Woman and focus on positives). An interesting write and well constructed. Thanks for sharing.

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    • I agree. I was even toying with the idea of doing so myself, of attempting an affirmation of what is good in “man,” but I could not quite overcome my bitterness this morning. Perhaps someone else could give it a try. It is an act of rejuvenation, I think, to sometimes pause and ponder how kind and creative humans can be.

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