Poetry

October 11, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Vlad Tchompalov photo

 

By

Erika Kamp

 

 

 

Strong

 

 

He watches as the world falls apart.

He feels so powerless.

He is just one person.

Doubts his profession.

He’s an actor.

Is he even making a difference?

Can he help?

Can he use his money, his status, for the common good?

Of course he is.

He surely can.

He must.

He has no choice.

He donates his time.

Gives what he can.

Chooses roles that might make a positive statement.

In a world where he still feels so powerless,

Even after all three years.

He must believe.

In power, in truth, in change.

It’s what he does.

To try and make it all mean something.

Anything.

 

She watches as her planet falls apart.

She reads about species being brought

To the brink of extinction.

Helplessly looking on as the earth warms,

As cities crumble and fall.

She sells groceries for a living.

Can she even make a difference?

Can she help?

Can she use her money, her time, her voice,

For the common good?

Of course she can.

She surely must.

She has no choice.

She donates her time.

Gives what she can.

Writes down her ideas and shares them.

They may incite change.

 

In a world where she still feels so powerless,

Even after all these years,

She must believe.

In power, in truth, in change.

It’s what she does.

To try and make an impact.

Before it’s too late.

 

He watches as humanity falls apart.

Sees people acting from a place

Of hate, of fear, of ignorance.

He feels so helpless.

In his mind, he’s still that scared young kid,

Judged for the skin he’s always been in.

He’s just a football player.

Should he try to make a difference?

Can he help?

Can he use his newfound fortune,

His popularity, his actions

For the greater good?

Of course he should.

He surely can.

He must.

He has no choice.

He donates his time.

Gives what he can.

Makes a bold choice,

A gesture on the field.

That might make a positive statement.

In a world where he still feels so powerless,

Even after all these years,

He must believe.

In power, in truth, in change.

It’s what he does.

To try and make some waves,

While there is still hope.

 

 

 

 

 

Erika Kamp

Erika Kamp is proud to be a Bostonian, and has lived in and around the city for all of her 38 years.  She has been working in customer service for almost a decade, and enjoys her “day job” very much.  In her free time, she is a writer, poet and singer.  She enjoys collaborating with other artists on various projects and events.  Friends and family are extremely important to her, and she loves spending as much time with them as possible.  She is currently focused on her writing, and is hoping to complete her very first novel within a year. 

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