The Human Race


The human race is far from ideal

Its claim to civility is truly surreal

It kills and ravages, with little thought given

To the anguish it causes when so violently driven


A more humane future, can’t be projected

Only non-realists naively expect it

Violence in man is historically rooted

No truthful assessment could have that disputed


Some readers may, with well meaning criticism,

Fault this writer for his unbridled cynicism

They’re not all receptive to his mood filled with gloom

His brushing aside mans’ promise with one sweep of his broom


But humanities performance from its’  very beginning

Can’t be assessed as angelically brimming

What man has done heretofore

With all good intent, can’t be ignored



by Stan Cooper…8/10/12                                    graphic by Don Hunt

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Written on 2012-08-29 at 14:17

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2 years later, I re read this masterpiece! Well done, my opinions have not changed, only intensified in fact, and I still envy you your magnificent eloquence.

Phew, how I wish that I had said all this Stan. You are so right. A very enjoyable read on a very sad subject. I admire the connection between your mind and your pen...or should I say your keyboard?

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
My thoughts have been running in the same direction lately, Stan. I just hadn't been able to artfully express them. You have. Well done.

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ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
It said that much as said in jest that pass many a wise comment is made , as hear by Stan in his words , as is said by Don in his art
Ken D

I agree wholeheartedly with William and your poems always have humour and truth intertwined and set off by the cartoon, it's a great combination and this piece is no exception.

Your poems never seem cynical to me. They comment very astutely on real problems in the world and man's inhumanity and folly, but they make us laugh at ourselves and recognize our humanity and emphasize our need to change our ways.