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“ They Walk Alone ”
– in a faceless world –
They walk alone On crowded streets, These vacant beings Suffering defeat, Trudging on feelings Found bittersweet, Despite bewilderment Held negated souls, In constant lament For the cadence holds, The bulk of a life spent On their weary feet, As human refuse On a deathly beat, Who seek refuge In a mingy world replete… Routed in despair Most lay in wait, For their decay To transfer hells, While with false hope These human shells, Pray fate awakes Would thus impel, And so reach out Hence fore too late, When they’ll arrived At fated final hell, Yet so to walk alone Thus in a faceless world! A nudge on today’s world... © Jean-Jacques Fournier November 2, 2020 Pictures – public/ private collection... Music – excerpt of Alone Together, by Chet Baker...
This speaks to so many with numbers increasing from lost jobs and lack of wherewithal to pay rent. That, not to mention refugees around the world. May a light shine on them.
Thanks Paulette… Yes it does speak in that direction, intentionally so, as you suggest, bearing in mind that I had written a like piece seven years ago. The while conditions are far from improving, as they have only gotten worst, added to the present world pandemic. There surely is something we humans are doing wrong, to say the least, says Itongue in cheek..!
Hi Jean-Jacques! This is the third time around for me to visit this poem. Loneliness and despair come to us all, at some point in our lives – even when we are on “crowded streets.” The statistics on depression are staggering. According to WHO “Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.”https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression. The question then becomes – how can we build compassionate communities? There are many NGO’s and government agencies doing great work, however I believe that we need a ground swell to compels us all to become part of the solution “so reach out Hence fore too late.” I think of the thought by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” Thank you Jean-Jacques to articulating the immensity of feeling alone, of being without hope. I don’t want to be in a “faceless world.” Together – we can make a difference.
So well said, Rebecca. It reminds me of how hard my dad worked to help people living in rural poverty in New Hampshire and Vermont when I was growing up.
The world needs more reminders, sufficiently so as to make noticeable changes in human consciousness of the disproportionate numbers of suffering fellow beings and creatures of all kinds. Despite the good intentions of the average, until all our social systems worldwide are finally replaced to put humanity top of mind as a way of life, the 264 million people Rebecca refers to will grow rather than diminish. The time to act more so than talk has long been waiting to be rid of this faceless world. So let us keep pushing to make a difference!
Well said, Jean-Jacques. I couldn’t agree more.
What can I say, save it is not my first or only attempt of wanting to speak out on this difficult subject, as I’m sure you of all people would have noticed over the years. Thus so I am sure it won’t be the last for my vivid imagination will not allow it to go dormant on this unjust social aspect of our world, for all the reasons of which we are all well aware.
Thank you my, dear Rebecca, for sharing your ever so concise and inspiring comments on this glaring human condition.