Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Sorry, But I Disagree

“All you need is love,” the Beatles chanted, which sounds great, but it’s wrong,
And here’s the reasons why I disagree with the words of their song.
While love should motivate all we say and do, and rightly so too,
Other things must follow, and they will, if our love is really true.

For example — TRUTH — and the freedom to express it, search for it,
Because deceit can hide behind a loving facade, let’s admit.
Yes, so many proclaiming love, even seemingly loving too,
Can be wolves in sheep’s clothing, and behind the scenes, evil pursue.

But whose love is pure, unconditional — and is so, ceaselessly?
No one’s, hence the need of laws, checks and balances, authority.
Without such, mere love would flounder, despite the best intentions, and,
Troubles would grow, as, “All you need is love,” is just building on sand.

Sure we need love, and more so than ever, but never love alone,
Otherwise, our loss of freedom, we would soon have cause to bemoan.
You see, “For the sake of love,” they’d say, “We will outlaw this and that,” and,
Civil/religious liberties would begin to slip from our hand.

Real love — that is, genuine love, holds freedom and liberty high,
It’s transparent, respects the rights of all, and the truth none will deny.
Yes, love’s wise enough to know that all must be free to disagree,
To follow their own conscience, their own path — not shackled legislatively.

Hence why, “All you need is love,” is merely sentimentality,
A nice notion, but not something that’s in tune with reality.
It makes for a good song, makes a point, but that’s as far as it goes,
For love alone, can’t solve the world’s problems, nor one’s personal woes.

Oh yes, love certainly makes a difference, and it is the key,
By that I mean: It’s the foundation, the cue for humanity.
Without love, we haven’t a chance, and more of it certainly need,
But, “All you need is love," is false, and shallowness will only feed.

By Lance Landall