It is what it is

When I look beyond my own complacency, what do I see?

Hunger and starvation. Deprivation.

Racism. Bigotry and hatred. Oppression.

Strife of all kinds — including war.

Injustices galore.


Pollution of the land, the seas and the sky.

Avarice and inequality.

Crass stupidity.

Corporate and governmental corruption.

Species extinctions, by the thousands.

“It is what it is,” I’ve heard people say.

"It is what it is"?
I need another answer:
We must do better.
Is it only a dream that there’ll be no more turning away?
On the turning away
From the pale downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won't understand
Don't accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away.

It's a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting a shroud
Over all we have known
Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we're all alone
In the dream of the proud.

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord
Using words you will find are strange
Mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night.

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside
Just a world that we all must share
It's not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there'll be
No more turning away?

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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20 Responses to It is what it is

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Yes, we must do better. No more turning away (What a great song! But then, I’ve always been partial to the Floyd)

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  2. MythRider says:

    For me the answer is Jesus Christ. He came to bring equality, love, and hope to all people.

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  3. revruss1220 says:

    We can’t turn away. But what then do we do?


    • pendantry says:

      Well, the way I see it is: if we’re as smart as we think we are* then we ought to be able to find resolutions to these issues.

      * I don’t believe that homo fatuus brutus is.


  4. masercot says:

    That was a VERY enjoyable seven minutes. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. These are very strange times and I’m tempted, tempted strongly, to agree with you Colin. But then we have Greta Thunberg and others no doubt, that think otherwise. Good luck to Greta. And what has a cognitive bias, as in religion, got to do with anything!

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  6. blindzanygirl says:

    Sadly, I think that nothing will change. Human nature is as it is. We might have advanced scientifically etc. But somehow or other humanity continues its descent into the pit. Yes, Greta is a hope. But for how long? I just wonder. From what I have seen lately, I have so many doubts. There ARE those who care, but in the minority. I like what you have written Colin, not because it is pleasant but because it is the truth. I hate sentimental words. Yours never are.

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  7. msjadeli says:

    My mind theoretically would like to believe the change that is needed to save our species and planet is possible. In vivo, perceiving directly, there is no effin way it will end well. Humans do what humans do. In the law of thirds (1/3 will continue destruction no matter what, 1/3 will do the right thing, and 1/3 may be convinced to do the right thing) you are betting heavily that the 1/3 who will do the right thing will put steps in place to convince that middle 1/3. I see little evidence that this is happening. The big question is: can 1/3 of humans save the planet when 2/3 more or less are working actively or passively to destroy it?

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