Parade of Bleeding Hearts #poetry

Come, join the parade of bleeding hearts
cultivate an attitude of platitude 
watch horrors roll out on the news
while taking comfort, thinking
‘It could never happen here:’
the capacity for war is everywhere 
beginning and ending in the human brain 
thus runs the Poet’s wise refrain…

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A poem inspired by another poem:

‘The Human Abstract,’ by William Blake, via The Blake Archive

31 thoughts on “Parade of Bleeding Hearts #poetry

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  1. A beautifully-written and meaningful poem, Ingrid. Thank you for posting the wonderful poem by William Blake. These poems remind us that we all have a warlike dark side and are capable of violence. We are also capable of standing idly by as others are attacked, thinking it can never happen to us.

  2. This is a simply brilliant line:
    the capacity for war is everywhere
    beginning and ending in the human brain

    I like the comment by nickreeves. You have struck a nice balance. I find the rhetoric about this war almost as hard to watch as the war itself. But your poem acknowledges a kind of universal truth. Our humanity is the best in us and the worst in us.

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