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Justification Nation

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!


What can't we justify?

What is our destination

Justification Nation

What can't we justify,

can this nation no longer cry?

If all eyes were to be fixed upon you...

which subjects would you not broach; categorize as off-limits, label as taboo

With each new day, a greater turning away from Founder, Framer, Father, Lord

What is the meaning behind the words, "live by the sword and die by the sword"?

When is enough, enough,

when will there be an awakening

What will it take for this once Godly Nation to do

the things that we know, we are supposed to do?

Life Matters

Are yet to be born babies really babies or are they just matter

justified my entire life, dismissed and labeled, the latter

Otherwise, within the light of each new day, how could we dare show face?

The past can't be undone, but we can get passed, such a National disgrace

Life has been devalued, humans kill humans, we see the images every day

It's blamed on this, it's blamed on that, but it cannot simply...be blamed away

Christians and Jews aren't seen as people, in many places far away,

just in-the-way obstacles, praying incessantly, Satan stay away, another day

Here in this land, we dismiss so much; the meaning of things change and no one says a word

What's good is bad and bad is good and an outcry, seldom, if ever, is heard

We do not want to be 'that one' that dares to stand apart and so...

we disengage, we turn away, wondering how far is gone and will we actually go?

How numbered?

We turn our backs on those who are hurting and then we regret, when it’s too late

We attempt to justify not being there, then we chalk it up to fate

How many leave this earth thinking...that they never really mattered?

How many leave this earth heartbroken, how many leave completely shattered?

It's so easy for us to glom on, if it means being a part of the crowd

Even when our little voice whispers, even when our conscience is so loud

Although everything within us is fighting, not to do the things which we do

We get caught up in the moment, we lose sight of what is true

So we've become a justification nation, how did we allow this to be

How does it all turn out, what do you foresee?

We repeat lies as truth, when we know to do better, we fall short in so many ways

I wonder, do you wonder sometimes like me, just how numbered are our days?

© 2018 A B Williams


Shannon Henry from Texas on January 31, 2020:

Oh, I'm so sorry. What a hard call to make. I've out those kinds of calls off before and one time, it was too late. Thought I'd have more time. Don't wait.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 31, 2020:

You are right.

One of them is a friend, in hospice care, I am putting off making the call. :(

I need to make that call today.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 30, 2020:

It's a balance. I've been too isolated and hated it. But as far as reaching out, it's never too late. Tomorrow is a new day!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 30, 2020:

I am an extrovert and still hide behind reasons not to follow through. But, I will agree with you about mornings, I don't want to chat or jog...lol, just catch up on the news, drink a little coffee, then I am good to go.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 30, 2020:

I know why I do it. I'm more introverted than extroverted. I prefer smaller groups or one on one time with people I hang out with, including family. It's an effort whenever I reach out to people much of the time. By that, I just mean that calling or texting, even messaging....going over to someone's home, having them come to me....going out, ugh.....I enjoy these things and chats with people I care about, but it can wear me out, too. I'm okay while it's in progress. It's the desire to get started that is the kicker. Kinda like getting up in the morning. I dont' like mornings. LOL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 30, 2020:

Hi Shannon, I am glad that you sought it out. :)

I know that I need to reach out to a couple of people right now and yet I hesitate...make excuses, try to justify not doing it...not sure why!

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 30, 2020:

I'm glad you mentioned this piece or I may never have found it. So sad and heartbreaking, mostly because it's true. Some people do it on purpose and others don't realize it. Sadly, we've all probably passed over instances we could have done more.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 19, 2018:

Yes your comment came through with the Inspector Clouseau picture, as I call it. That has happened to me, if you're not signed into HP, you appear as a guest user.

So thank you twice

for your very nice


I do not write a lot of poetry, but it comes from somewhere within

every now and then

on a whim. :-)

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on May 19, 2018:

I don't know if my last comment got through, Abwilliams, my laptop went strange for a second. I wrote that you used language beautifully and your thoughts were expressive and clear. Excellent use of rhyme and meter, my friend. I didn't know a poet dwells within you as well as a powerful writer of our country's current situation.

Wonderful work, while at the same time, sad, as Pop noted.



Tim Truzy on May 19, 2018:

I didn't know a poet dwells within you, dear Abwilliams. Excellent use of language and expressive thoughts, although frightening as they are.

We do try to justify instead of solving our issues. It's sad as Pop noted, but we can keep our days from ending because people like you have a determined soul.

Thank you for this very good work of poetry.

Pleasantly surprised,



A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 19, 2018:

Pop, I know we all ache seeing what people are capable of doing...to other people.

breakfastpop on May 19, 2018:

This piece is sad, compelling and achingly true.

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