Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


Affirmation - The Key

There’ll always be those who go astray, no matter what, and,
Exactly why that’s so, we may never fully understand.
But dare it be, because of what we did, or didn’t do,
That acted as a trigger, or caused something ill to brew.

It’s my belief, that less would stray by far, if you and I
Spent more time trying to prevent such, than we do asking, “Why?”
Yes, if we showed more concern, took more care, acted kindly,
And not just personally, but also collectively.

I wonder how many Hitlers, (or the likes), mightn’t have been
If those around them, earlier, had sought to intervene.
Or if in the first place, certain needs had been met, that weren’t,
Which, even today, the importance of such, some haven’t learnt.

Hence those who go astray, or give up — take their life, maybe,
Feeling mistreated, worthless, unwanted — sadly.
Yes, because of what folk did or didn’t do, (wrongly so),
Perhaps because of their own issues, which is how it can go.

No man’s an island, though some go it alone — burnt, maybe,
Or they feel like a castaway, emotionally at sea.
However, it’s together, that we were designed to be,
Doing what we can to help each other, humanity.

We need to make sure that all feel valued, wanted, cared about,
For at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about — let’s shout.
Not possessions, not ambition, but people — yes, you and I,
Working together for the good of all, lest any go awry.

Yes, we all need affirming, encouragement — regularly,
We all need affection too, and supportive company.
Without such, we’re accidents waiting to happen, which do,
Hence why via poetry, I’m delivering this plea to you.

Who have you affirmed today?

By Lance Landall

My Dear Friend

My dear friend, and because I truly love you so — in other words, truly care —
I’ll always tell you what you need to know, not just say what you might like to hear.
And therefore certain things may hurt, and this, no matter how carefully I tread,
As truth often reveals the unpleasant, those things that sometimes need to be said.

And that’s love, for love puts another’s best interests first, even withholds praise —
In other words, doesn’t say you’re good at something when you’re not, nor false hopes raise —
Otherwise, you might well make a fool of yourself, perhaps reaching for a mike,
And those in the audience laughing at your voice, wishing you’d be on your bike.

No, love has far more sense than that, for had I foolishly said that you sing well,
You’d be slow to trust my judgment again given how “Get off the stage!” can chill.
But enough about singing, for that’s just one example, and why truth’s best said,
And lest due to such folly you join the ranks of those who’ve nonsense in their head.

Yes, the world is full of inflated egos, balloons that are about to burst,
Folk who’ve been set up for a fall via misplaced warm fuzzies of which they’ve a thirst;
And why criticism’s hardly popular despite it oft being a good friend,
And the way of fools soon leading to their own or someone else’s sticky end.

And this, dear friend, why I’ll always be honest with you, share what it’s best you know,
And thus I at peace with myself, my conscience clear and my heart shouting, “Bravo!”
For stating the truth and calling things as they are is not just a caring act,
But a courageous one given how so many now prefer fantasy to fact.

By Lance Landall

Regarding "Odd"

Have you ever come across someone who has conveyed to you that they haven’t struck anyone like you before,
Or quite like you, or a case like yours — perhaps a doctor or counsellor — anyone — which leaves you feeling sore?
That is, feeling like you are an oddity, someone who’s rather odd, and of which they may well let others know,
Regardless of whether such is true or not — in other words, it’s simply their opinion, another cruel blow.

Yes, it’s possible you’re different, unique, but odd is another thing, and is oft said disparagingly,
And as far as oddness goes, such is really in the eyes of the beholder, and oft far from reality.
And the reason why, usually has something to do with someone not knowing the other person very well,
Alias ignorance, a limited encounter, or perhaps bad timing, and hence why some things do not gel.

And remember this too, that what they may see in you that they consider odd, is more than likely found elsewhere,
And they, simply not having encountered such before, and hence why that word “odd” you most probably shouldn’t hear.
Yes, such is too often used to explain away what they simply don’t understand, and nor have even tried too,
Thereby leaving others feeling bad about themselves, and hence why I wouldn’t own such, lest such hardly fit you.

But having said that, oddness shouldn’t disqualify anyone from the same thought, love and care that all should get,
And is often an acceptable thing, and even a good thing in the scheme of things, and thus not cause to fret.
And, let me add, many who’re not considered odd, aren’t all that nice, and those who are called odd, often very nice,
And why before someone goes calling you or I odd, they should take a good look at themselves, and wisely think twice.

By Lance Landall