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Poetry Makes Nothing Happen.

"POETRY MAKES NOTHING HAPPEN"

W.W. 1 poets reveal to the world
truths of hidden horrors.
Who remembers them:
Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Greaves,
when children are just taught
to recite, "In Flanders Fields?"

Sixties labelled it genocide;
seventies called it suicide;
eighties turned primordial and glorified.

The Holocaust, a marketable commodity
sells mini-series space at CBS,
and while the world shrinks,
swollen bellies of babies
dying next door
... still beyond our control.

Auden summed it up best: "Poetry," he wrote,
"makes nothing happen,"

Humanity elects to blindly enjoy
the freedom of walking
bow to stern and back again,
unaware our vessel's course
has long since been set.


Pheryne Williams Thatcher is a Vancouver poet.
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Author:Thatcher, Pheryne Williams
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Date:Jan 1, 2000
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