Human Beings  

warmandsexy52 64M
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10/6/2005 1:28 pm

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Human Beings

Today in the UK is National Poetry Day. There was a competition between a number of British poets as to which poem should be sent out into space to speak for all humanity.

The winning poem is Human Beings by Adrian Mitchell. It was written for the company of the truthful and beautiful Red Red Shoes by Charles Way, staged by the Unicorn Theatre for Children

I really like this poem. I hope you do too.

look at your hands
your beautiful useful hands
you're not an ape
you're not a parrot
you're not a slow loris
or a smart missile
you're human

not british
not american
not israeli
not palestinian
you're human

not catholic
not protestant
not muslim
not hindu
you're human

we all start human
we end up human
human first
human last
we're human
or we're nothing

nothing but bombs
and poison gas
nothing but guns
and torturers
nothing but slaves
of Greed and War
if we're not human

look at your body
with its amazing systems
of nerve-wires and blood canals
think about your mind
which can think about itself
and the whole universe

look at your face
which can freeze into horror
or melt into love
look at all that life
all that beauty
you're human
they are human
we are human
let's try to be human


SweetDarlinAngel 39F
2996 posts
10/11/2005 3:28 pm

What a lovely poem. It says so many things about human nature and human beings as a whole. If only we could view each other with such openess.



10/7/2005 7:36 am


warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
10/6/2005 10:50 pm

sensuelle, ma cherie, I just knew you'd like it. warm xx

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
10/6/2005 6:03 pm

Thanks for sharing, Kat. It's getting late here in the UK and I must to bed. Have glimpsed your blog - looks interesting. Must read. warm xx


10/6/2005 6:02 pm

Love the poem, warm. Thanks for sharing it!

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
10/6/2005 5:20 pm

I'm so glad you share my feelings about this wonderful poem. Adrian Mitchell describes it as his poem for peace. warm xx

dranba 39F

10/6/2005 4:21 pm

Oh, that is wonderful! A truly joyful poem that celebrates life and says it all.

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