What’s the matter?

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King

Our state of mind is just to live our lives
begin by being born and toil in labor to the end.
In the years between we count the days
we sow the seeds for growth; we become the soil,
the stones, the hills as we stay silent, grey
and watching as the rivers flow and only care about
tomorrow; care about the little things, like paying bills,
our grades and growth of wealth in small installments.
Can we tell you that it hurts with a war to wage
for flags to drape our coffins when it’s over.
Do we need to tell you what’s the matter?

The third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya

Amaya hosts at dVerse and wants us to embed a quote about global peace, human right and social justice in memory of Martin Luther quote. We are given some quotes but you can chose your own. Mark the quote in bold. The words have to appear in the same order in the poem as in the original poem.

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January 16, 2017

32 responses to “What’s the matter?

  1. Now I see how it’s done, Bjorn, and it makes sense! i like the lines:
    ‘In the years between we count the days
    we sow the seeds for growth; we become the soil,
    the stones, the hills as we stay silent, grey’,
    I imagine people turning to stone..

  2. We need the constant reminders as we seem to forget the pains of the war & sacrifices of others. Its far safer to be silent…..tell us what’s the matter!

  3. You remind us how imperative it is to not just believe, but to declare that belief; not to just live, but to proclaim our life. The idea of becoming soil is haunting to me because it makes me wonder if we don’t become bold in conviction then our whole purpose is just to become a viable place for other, better, and bolder seed to grow. And love the Goya image to accompany the poem.

  4. In the years between we count the days
    we sow the seeds for growth; we become the soil,

    One gets to aspire for the good times naturally! But how one gets along the path in between makes life interesting!

    Hank

  5. Sadly we are so much like puppets on a string that must consume regardless of the harm it may do us and others elsewhere and when trouble breaks out we must be the fodder for war and are encouraged in the name of patriotism rather than the greed of multi-national companies that must make a profit.

  6. This is so evocative, Bjorn. We become so caught up with our lives and insignificant problems that we forget about what’s real and wrong with the world.. sigh..

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