Is This What It Takes?

POETRY FORMAT, 22 Oct 2012

Tom Greening – TRANSCEND Media Service

Is this what it takes—
flaming, crumbling tombs on Wall Street,
a burning Pentagon?

Was it not enough to hear
of Vietnam’s body counts,
of Chile’s disappeared?

The South Bronx is not spectacular,
its rubble uninspiring. Hunger
does not burn bright orange on TV.

Are we now awake
to the pain of the world,
to our part in causing it?

Dante is busy revising “Inferno”
for Broadway, and its producers
are holding auditions for the big parts.

But we will all be on stage.
Look for me in the chorus
holding a spear, or a bucket of tears.


Tom Greening: “I engage in five professional activities:
Faculty Member at Saybrook University
Private Practice of Psychotherapy
Clinical Professor of Psychology, UCLA
International Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Writing (Poetry).”


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