Black Lives Matter protest, California, May, 2020, photo by Daniel Arauz‘Chaos Abounds’ and Other Poetry by Randal A. Burd, Jr. The Society May 27, 2021 Culture, Human Rights in China, Poetry 4 Comments . Chaos Abounds What thoughts are left unthought? What is profound? Does any quest of value still remain? So much that once was sacred, now profane, Defines the soul still searching. Common ground May not exist, but seldom is it sought. Reflection rarely yields a different view. Truth comes, it seems, in varied shade and hue, And answers rarely mesh with what was taught. Anarchy freely reigns; chaos abounds. Conformity…coerced upon the few By those expressing outrage, sure to sue For feelings hurt on verbal battlegrounds. So many taking action should refrain From seeking pleasure in another’s pain. first published by Westward Quarterly . . Indoctrinating Evil A student sits and stares at an exam, Expected there to demonstrate their hate. But, something in their heart does not relate– A pause before the slaughter of the lamb. Could such a spark of conscience buried deep Take root and cease the cycle of despair? Can persecution–prevalence of terror– Be stopped while making wolves out of the sheep? The children taught to hate the Falun Gong Continue dark and twisted legacies, Creating needless animosities, Divorced from rhyme and reason, right and wrong. Indoctrinating children is the crime Perpetuating evil over time. first published by Friends of the Falun Gong . . Randal A. Burd, Jr. is an educator, freelance editor, writer, and poet. His freelance writing includes assignments on the paid writing team for Ancestry.com and multiple online blogs, newsletters, and publications. Randal received his Master’s Degree in English Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri. He currently works on the site of a residential treatment facility for juveniles in rural Missouri. He lives in southeast Missouri with his wife and two children. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Russel Winick May 27, 2021 Thanks for these thought-provoking sonnets. Sadly, it seems that few today would even recognize when they are “seeking pleasure in another’s pain.” Reply Cheryl Corey May 27, 2021 Regarding your second piece – you’re right. The ongoing cycle of hate continues with the indoctrination of children. It happened in Nazi Germany with Hitler youth, it’s what Hamas does to their children, and now we see it happening here with the current administration’s obsession to install critical race theory in our schools. Reply Sally Cook May 27, 2021 Excellent in both form and thought. When it comes to what is going on, you are right on the money. But what can be done? All the virus hullabaloo is an exercise in both misdirection and psychological experiment with an ultimate goal of control. You express this perfectly Reply James Sale May 28, 2021 Powerful and skilful poems, Randall – and I particularly like some of your rhymes. I can’t remember seeing the simply rhyme of exam/lamb before, but it works! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.