Fleeing the Savagery

Where could we go to build our oasis?
How do we slip from the grip
Of the savagery girdling the globe
From Japan to Korea, to China
And India, Russia, and Turkey,
And Poland, the UK and Canada,
Here, the hardscrabble nations
Below the equator? Why doesn't
Anyone want to be pleasant these
Days? Why don't they shrug and say,
"Live and let live?" Instead, they
Attack with their words and their armies.
I can't offhand think of one place
Where they don't, but I'm holding out
Hope that we'll find someone,
Somewhere who says, "Build your
Oasis here."

Poetry by Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2023-01-11 at 19:45

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Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
Join the club, Lawrence! Your poem is spot-on as regards Mankind's seemingly perpetual failure to learn lessons and live in peace and tolerance. It also illustrates the quandary that my spouse and I - two adventurous souls - have found ourselves faced with for years. But more than that it highlights this worldwide problem to all its readers.

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Great sense of longing Larry. However, Shangra La is a dream best left unfulfilled. For in the finding it will prove savagely false.
For it can only live truly within ourselves.