Bright eyes shining from his glowing face
On the podium again winner of another race
Fans cheer and scramble to get a glance
Of their hero the famous world racing champ.
Rewards and accolades endow his life
He’s gambling each time, it’s his sacrifice
On the line every time he sets out to win
No risk is too great, like roulette when it spins
Grey empty eyes wait again for the train
Four decades of time past and so little gain
As he travels each day to his monotonous work
Where nobody knows him, a faceless bank clerk.
Each night the same train carries him back
To his humble dwelling not much more than a shack
When he opens the door a mewling is heard
And a cat and three kittens from the darkness emerge
Followed by four others one scarred and one lame
Each saved from their fate by the man with no name.
He talks quietly caresses and addresses each in dulcet tones
His gentleness overcoming the cruelty they’ve known
Deserted and dumped like rubbish by dark
By the unfeeling and gutless without any heart
Or respect for the life of everything born
To be given a chance to develop and transform
Into the beauty inherent in all living things
To the most perceptive and worthy who know the joy that this brings
The dissident lies his eyes open and ablaze
His body tortured and tormented in his hidden grave
His will to survive supplanted by his courageous cause
All his young life permeated by hardship and war
As he struggled and fought for what he believed
To overcome prejudice corruption and greed
That strangled his country and his family in need
Of the basics in life food freedom and rights
Worth far more to him than his will for a life
A fragile young mother with tired eyes sits and feeds
Her tiny skeleton child whose only need
Is to be nurtured and protected from the ravaging disease
That wastes away children without any heed
For the endless love and the yearning that accompanies each breath
Quietly ignored and discarded by the angel of death.
*Dragon All seeing one
His eyes stem back tears as he watches his wife
Struggling to recall the small details of her life
The day of the week the name of her child
She falters and flustered slowly losing her pride
As her behaviour and reactions she no longer commands
Now unable to convey her simplest demands
To her tongue and her fingers her feet won’t comply
With her will and her wishes no matter how hard she tries
But their long years of closeness ensure he succeeds
Without words or gestures to fulfil every need
Her lovely eyes impart all the meaning he requires
To maintain his strength and increase her will to survive
For each precious moment is cherished when love is this strong
As alone he feels nothing and cannot live long.
Her sparkling eyes glitter and for the very first time
Their love is consummated as they intertwine
Their hearts race with fervour as it only can be
When two become one in complete harmony
Melodious and rhythmical like a beautiful song
They hope will continue forever without anything wrong.
Wise eyes full of feeling and passion ignite
As the frenzy of demons takes over her life.
She twists and she screams as the pain overcomes
The euphoria and lightness and promised fun
Poison provided by devils with greed so immense
They become thieves and murderers without any conscience.
Her bland eyes now stare as she rocks and she sways
Her senses all muddled her mind has decayed
His eyes become wilder (angrier) as he considers the cost
Not of the illegal purchase but the lives that are lost
Of innocents in search of confidence and pleasure
Which takes a far greater toll than anyone can measure
Of family and loved ones, the crime that takes place
The corruption that follows and the laws that must break
To keep the drugs coming which finance the worst types
Who only destroy our society, a merciless blight.
Diminish all of the goodness however hard they fight.
To prevent the evil that devalues every ones life.
Our eyes may be the windows to our soul
But can only reflect the world we behold
In order to stop any malevolence we see
It is necessary always to take some responsibility
This requires action more than just talk
And from this involvement we should never balk
Lives have been lost, torture, ridicule and prison
Have accompanied the sacrifices so many have given
To stand up and be counted to fight for a cause
Their own safety and welfare completely ignored
Perhaps this is the reason we have not managed to learn
The lessons from history so often confirmed
As the most intelligent, idealistic and skilled
Have so often in the past been killed
Before their brilliance and genes were relayed
So the future of people would no longer decay
And the best of humanity could flourish and live
To fulfil the great promise that all humans should give.
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