Life’s Amphitheater – A Poem About Helping the Less Fortunate

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As I was driving down the road the other day and came to a stoplight, my eyes fell upon a young woman begging on the side of the road. I must admit that often times I am quick to judge out of pride or wonder why they are too lazy to pick themselves up and get a job or get help for their addiction. Often times I put the blame on their shoulders and often times it may be. But that woman’s image flooded my heart with sympathy – her head was hung low, and it was clear that she was ashamed of herself and her situation. I found myself wanting to write her story…and not just hers, but for all those struggling in the world without a voice.

It is easy to judge, but much harder to place ourselves in the shoes of another. We all have issues we wish to keep hidden in the safety of our hearts and minds. And what we often times attribute to our strength, our character, or our success has nothing to do with our actions, but only the grace of God.

What would your life look like without loving parents, a loving spouse, a warm and safe home; without teachers, mentors, and other positive influences? What would your life look like if you were abused as a child, afraid of going home after school, or knowing there wouldn’t be anyone there to ask you how your day was or help you with your homework? What would your life look like without someone to help you through college, without an employer who was willing to take a chance on a young intern, without a friend to pick you up all the times you fell? I don’t know, but I think it would do us all a little good to keep our judgments hushed and our hearts open to the stories of the less fortunate people around us.

Life’s Amphitheater – A Poem

Sing a song for the brokenhearted
Whose hopes were snatched away like a thief in the night;
For those who’ve been burnt by the flames of love,
Their hearts charred and scarred no longer with the will to fight.

Sing a song for the prince of pain
Whose sorrows cast shadows upon the skies.
Sing, sing for the once crowned king
Whose tears fall like rain from dismal eyes.

Sing a song for fairy tales lost.
Reality stings like salt on an open wound.
Yesterday’s hours were filled with childhood play.
Oh, how the years pass away much too soon.

Drum a dirge for the divorcee,
Who was ill-equipped to hear the secrets that fell upon their ears.
The soul shatters like sheet of glass
When reality reflects the realization of your deepest fears.

Drum a dirge for dying dreams
That have been abandoned for monetary pursuits.
To live a life never meant for our hearts
Is is pull up your essence and chop it off at the roots.

Drum a dirge for the desolate and deserted
Who hobble hopelessly, begging on downtown streets.
Do not be quick to judge a stranger
Until you pick up their bags and take a ride in their seat.

Belt out a ballad for the afflicted,
For the addicted, and for the anxious minds.
Have sympathy for the struggle you might not understand,
For we each carry a story we wish to leave behind.

Belt out a ballad for the sick and suffering;
Share their tale of sadness and woe.
A kind smile and gentle hand is often the only demand
To make somber faces delight and glow.

Belt out a ballad for the fatherless,
Familyless, and utterly alone
Whose story goes untold, lost
Sinking to the bottom of life’s ocean like a heavy stone.

Have pity on the less fortunate people
Whose notes resound throughout life’s amphitheater.
We are all apart of one beating force,
One united, cosmic voice; one rhyme, one rhythm, one meter.

-Poem and Content Written by Justin Farley


 

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The Great Unifier – A Poem About Love

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The Great Unifier – A Poem About Love

It is love that spands the cosmos
Unaltered by time,
Unmoved by distance, years, wrinkles,
Or finite desire.

It stands tall like a lighthouse at sea,
Promising to keep a lantern lit,
A light radiating regardless of how hard the wind whips
And how thunderous the sea’s waves boom and crash
Against its foundation.

It is the power that lasts,
The one fuel that replenishes itself
With each selfless expression of affection.
Love is the treasure that never rusts
That remains when the rest of the earth rots away.

It is the gift endowed by the creator
That transcends the explanation of evolutionary biology,
The clue that points upward
And paints a purposeful pattern upon life’s canvas.

Love is one of the few emotions
That can’t be felt alone,
Emphasizing our need for humanity
And affirms that we were built to live in community.
It provides the greatest potential for change –
The greatest motivator to improve the quality of life.

The need for love is woven into our DNA.
We spend our lives looking for it,
Yet it is of little importance
In the evolutionary survival of the human race.
But we all yearn for it.
We all need it regardless of sex,
Nationality, or skin color.
It is the great unifying force
That God’s children all share in common.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley

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Inspirational Poem About Helping Poor People, the Homeless, and Fighting World Hunger

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As we go through our day to day lives, it is easy to think our way of life is normal – even expected and demanded. It is easy to think we have it harder than most people and to focus all of our attention on our needs, but our way of life is not the norm. The majority of the world deals with things on a daily basis that we can’t even begin to understand. Sometimes when I’m feeling selfish or even in a bad mood, changing my perspective and being grateful for what I have instead of lusting for more makes all the difference. That doesn’t mean that we should feel ashamed that we’ve been blessed, but that we become aware of the poverty, homelessness, and world hunger that is taking place around the world. It means changing our limited view and getting a change of perspective. Hope this poem inspires you. Thanks!

A Change of Perspective

As I wake on my soft, comfortable bed,
Another wakes to a stiff, sore back
From spending another night stretched out upon the ground.

As I get up and take my hot shower,
Another walks miles to gather putrid water
To soothe their dry, cracked lips.

As I pour my coffee and don’t think twice
About throwing my leftovers away,
Another searches desperately for table scraps
To keep their starving child alive one more day.

As I wander the darkness under the roof
Of my home and in the coziness of heat,
Another shivers unceasingly in the night
Without any cover from the elements.

As I drive to work and complain
When traffic keeps me from driving over fifty,
Another walks miles without shoes on their feet.

As I upgrade my big screen TV a few more inches,
Another must work like a dog for years
To earn the cost of my “necessity”.

As I gather to visit with my family,
Another visits theirs next to a tombstone
Because their wasn’t even money to treat
Their young child’s preventable disease.

As I worry about football scores,
Job promotions, and weekend plans,
Another worries about how they’ll find
Their next meal and stay alive.

As I contemplate holiday getaways
And vacation plans,
Another doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

As I walk free and don’t see the blessing
Of living in the United States,
Another lives as a slave, voice mute out of fear.

As I complain about my life and how bad I have it,
Another and 99% of the rest of the world
Deal with circumstances worse than mine.

Maybe it’s time
For a change of perspective.

 

– Poem Written By Justin Farley