Monday, September 30, 2013



If one rattles the pencils in his cup will you drop a penny or two
or will they remain in your pocket? Clearly because he doesn’t need
the stain of filthy copper cents, for all to see he’s dependent on your charity?

If  a child with a bloated belly is photographed in hunger and malnutrition
attached to a magazine add asking for few bucks for some kids salvation
will you turn the page without the least bit of contrition
for the kid’s soiled clothes and life’s mountain shack condition?
Would it be different if you knew him?

I know I should write more of small wet feet
happily running away from waves “attacking”
with their dying energy on the seashore,
of flowers lush and lovely gentle breezes warm
scenting the stink of the world away from the air 
the children are breathing, as they live without care.
I know I should and I certainly would if I could.
I swear to you I would write of lovely days
and joy filled nights where beauty, not beggary, reigns my sight
and happy little contented hands sumptuously filled with food for life.
But I don’t know how to describe such things that somewhere be,
It's me, they just do not appear, do not come to be before me.

We each have our own set of eyes,
except we lie to our own self for they cannot pretend
they see not what we want but only what is before them.

© M Durfee


  1. I probably pretend not to see lots of things, because I only have so much energy to give.

  2. it hard to write happy scenes when our eyes have been opened up to the need....that so many turn and look away from and pretend its all good...

  3. Actually, I'm kind of wishing people weren't so charitable to my ds, who went straight from our loving home to bum status. He's supposed to be looking for a job. Instead, he's having a lot of fun with people who simply walk up and hand him cash. It's really quite amazing.

  4. Finding, even sharing beauty and compassion, are my revenge on the pain and ugliness...

    Aloha, Bro-ha

  5. Those set of eyes....I think it depends on what we really want to see & believe to see ~

    Good one Mark ~ I was expecting a political themed one considering the deadline set by your government ~

  6. I think people's vision is as selective as their hearing.

  7. I had missed visiting you.
    I had missed reading you.
    I had missed seeing your world as seen by you.
    I have missed you.

  8. "Surely you're not thinking we have the resources to save the poor from their lot.
    There will be poor always pathetically strugging...Look at the good things you got!"
    ....Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar....

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  11. Every act of love is an attack on the powers that be.

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  13. Mark, you are the perfect foil to my "Pollyanna-ness"! xo

  14. If each of us just helped a few, it would be enough for the world. But it seems so few want to do anything but fill their pockets or fill their hearts with hate. I don't understand any of this anymore.


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