The world keeps rocking

to the sound of the void,

a pirouette through time

that we simply can’t avoid.


But what have you done today?


Did the fool on his errand

pass you silently by?

Did you have much to say,

as his time, like the clock,

seemed to fly?


…and the world is careering

into unforeseen futures,

the wounds in it’s crust

now needing serious sutures.


But what have you done today?


Was the herring so red

and foolishly fleeting?

Did you cast out your line

to catch a hurting heart,

still sore and barely beating?


…and the world teasingly twirls

on it’s axis; eternal,

the fire at it’s heart

heating life’s long inferno.


But what have you done today?


Do the blinkers you wear

make it easy to deny?

Do the forests, the sea’s

and abundance of life

need to die?


…and the world keeps rolling,

yet from inside and out,

hear it desperately calling

to a future now in doubt.


But what have we done today?


Have we nothing left to offer

to the world that feeds our hearts?

The Mother offers her all

and in reply

we tear her apart!


…and the world starts to shudder,

wondering what we’ll do tomorrow…?




Written by Darren Scanlon, March 2014.

Revised on 13th March, 2016.

©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. gh0stpupp3t says:

    I love it Darren. Well written. 🙂

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  2. Rita says:

    So good! So sad and so good.

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      1. Rita says:

        My pleasure. Hope your day is magnificent ❤️

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      2. And yours too 🙃🙂

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  3. melindajabersold says:

    So heartfelt… Much truth… Many people have a silent cry that’s never heard. Thanks, Darren!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure. Thanks Mindy.


  4. Nick Verron says:

    Brilliant and thought provoking as ever 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cheers, mate. 🙃🙂

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  5. So poignant and beautifully written.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Stephanea.

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      1. You’re welcome Darren.

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  6. sevoiland says:

    What indeed? Thought provoking – Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure. Thank you.


  7. smithaw50 says:

    We can’t help ourselves; destroying the planet for profit always seems to come back in style. As the Native proverb says: “When the last fish is caught, you will then realize you can’t eat money.”

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  8. Olga says:

    So well-expressed, Darren. The world is wobbling on an uncertain and possibly destructive path. One wee person can scream for it to stop, but it echoes in the wilderness of uncaring. Voices of change are slow to take effect. Sad!

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