Do We Genuinely Care?: A Poem

Updated on December 11, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

At the very bottom truth concealed in our heart

we don’t fear events but how we may react

then we play empathetic or we are smart

but it may have nothing to do with fact.


We wouldn’t help blind man across busy street

if that “caring” act didn’t give us a certain joy

even without trying to pretend or to cheat

no matter how this truth might annoy.


When we lose a person close and dear

we don’t really think of their cruel fate

but there is something like secret fear

that we’ll go as well on uncertain date.


We express concerns over our beloved nation

all noble as it sounds, what else could it mean

oftentimes it’s nothing but our procrastination

to address our own life and keep our act clean.


It might take an effort in our heart

to separate wheat from all that’s chaff

otherwise we’ll never be able to tell apart

what’s genuine care and what’s worth a laugh.

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    © 2018 Vladimir Karas

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      • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

        Vladimir Karas 

        2 months ago from Canada

        Hello Michael, my old friend,

        According to my views - not completely revealed in the poem - we do a noble thing either out of a good heart, when it's called "genuine",or out of our belief system, when it's called "appropriate".

        For example, a soldier genuinely cares for his life and for his 5 year old daughter who wants her daddy to come home - but then gives his life for the political whims of (any) current Administration, which convinced him he is doing it "for his country".

        For another example, I don't care much for formalities, but I care how my wife feels, so I may put a suit on instead of my jeans for a wedding party. In some more poetic words -- I don't give a rat's ass about many things, but I'll do it out of my developed pragmatic sense.

        On the other hand, I genuinely care about you, my friend, so always make sure you are taking an educated risk when trying to save someone else's life. Amen.

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        Michael-Milec 

        2 months ago

        Masterly composed poem of a very sensitive topic.

        Welcome back my friend.

        As you see we "do" care in general "genuinely" though helping others in need has lost its original meaning. Yes, you can remind me of the "Merciful Samaritan," and it's okay to act "go and do the same" in the era of a "safe" environment where one helping had more chances of staying alive without becoming a victim of those in need help, - a frequent pictures shown daily by media ...

        Meanwhile, I will willingly risk my life helping , if/when given chance to "save" someone life.

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