For the children....
There once was a girl
Living in a great, big world
Believing in both good and bad.
There was also a boy
Who found living a joy
And was grateful for all that he had.
Both children knew
The sky could be blue
But some days the sky would give rain.
The children had hope
And that’s how they coped;
Despite any doubt or their pain.
There was so much to say
In the midst of dismay.
They watched the adults be so cruel.
What should be the “best of the best”
Standing out from the rest
Was nothing more than a stammering fool.
The children were surprised
To see dishonesty and lies
Winning great personal fame.
All they’d been taught
Seemed to be lost
When the ballot presented the names.
In other countries
There were these stories
About the land of the free; home of the brave.
Imagine the children’s surprise
Learning it was all lies
When adults won’t back what they say.
The children watched and learned.
Politics are mean. People get burned.
No one was willing to stand for what’s right.
It seemed all about greed;
And egos – indeed!
Where were the Christians in this moral fight?
Were the children’s dream idealized?
Parents’ convictions rationalized?
Why did anger outweigh good sense?
The children finally grew.
They weren’t the children we knew.
What came next was selfish pretense.
The elders cried, “Oh, no!”
Spilling their woes
Wondering how their own children could stray.
It seems the parents forgot
There is a great cost
When our children hear what we say.
We are their example
Our faults can be ample.
Will they remember the hope they once had?
What goes around
Eventually comes back around;
So don’t ask, “How did things get so bad?”
Our generation is failing.
Our faith is faltering.
We seemed to be so confused.
We support plans of selfishness.
And uphold resentfulness.
While our children feel they are lied to.
When we don’t practice what we preach,
Our kids can’t be salvaged or reached.
So let’s not act self-righteous or surprised.
Going to church will not save them.
It matters more how we raise them.
So are our lives examples or lies?
There comes a day
Your life is the sway
On which direction your children will go.
At the end of ten years,
We will see what we fear.
We pour out our hearts as they reply, “So?”
We’ve sealed their fate
With our anger and hate;
Leaving their world tattered and torn.
Every word that we say;
Every message relayed.
America, consider yourself forewarned.
Roni Archer - May 4, 2016
*Poetry copyrighted along with this blog site.