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Poem: Madness Strikes the World

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Poem Summary

Madness strikes the world is a poem about how it affects us. We can't turn on the television without seeing violence. There is no place safe. Shootings happen at local malls or diners, at places we do our normal routines. We join together in prayer, but many carry concealed weapons to feel safe.

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Madness Strikes the World

In each corner of the world

people come out of the woodwork

creating havoc like a madman.


The television displaying violence and corruption

with no safe harbor,

as innocent people become trapped in harm’s way.


No sight in end

as sheer insanity reaches our own backyards,

with simple daily activities

becoming a place of tragedy.


Virtual hands link together across the universe,

praying in different languages

hoping to find an end to this madness.


As Humanity loses its fight,

we walk in fear

carrying concealed weapons for protection.

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The Inspiration Behind This Poem

Madness strikes the world is a poem which I wrote for the word prompt "Madness".

This week the word Madness touched our little town when a person riding a bicycle was shot 5 times. The shots were fired from inside a house.

The reason for this crime has not come to light as of yet, but there are many innocent people and children who are outside walking, playing, and enjoying life on these beautiful days.

It is awful that we need to fear being in harm's way doing simple activities.

Also there has been two different reports of shots fired inside a Mall located about an hour away in the last 2 weeks. The suspects have not been apprehended and so far no one has been seriously injured, but it's only a matter of time.

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Read Hubbers Creations

Madness strikes the world is a poem which I wrote for the word prompt "Madness".

This challenge is a series where each week I provide a new word to give our creativity a jump start.

I try to list everyone's work in the article each week, so if you want to catch up with reading them you can find them beneath my profile.

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Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 12, 2021:

Response to week 5 ~ madness

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 24, 2021:

Madness is in the air

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 22, 2021:

Madness...it's everywhere

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 20, 2021:

The sad one

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

The world has gone mad

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Clive...

I totally agree!

Nice one.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 19, 2021:

The world is mad mad mad. The leaders are sad sad sad

While the devil is glad glad glad.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Chitrangada,

Thank you.

You are so right!

A post on social media platforms can go viral.

People often argue back n forth on these ones.

I hope for peace but with all this technology I truly doubt it.

Have a great day.

Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Excellent poem, portraying the fear and the uncertainties faced by common, innocent people.

You are right about the bad news on television, negatively impacting us. I would add other media platforms in this. Arguments on social media go beyond anything.

This madness must end. Let there be peace among the citizens of this World.

Nicely expressed, insightful poem. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

The world is mad

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Lora,

Thank you.

It is a sad reflection of the truth.

Many carry concealed weapons which might not be the proper answer but I understand it.

I do own a gun myself...for protection.

I wish the world would wake up.

I don't remember things ever being so bad.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Misbah,

Thank you so much!

I'm glad you like it.

It's a bit sad, but I do believe that in this Covid-19 era people come together across the universe.

Have a great night.

Lora Hollings on March 18, 2021:

A very true and profound poem on the state of the world today, Brenda. Every day, it seems like we hear or read about terrible crimes committed against people who are just going about the business of life! It does seem like we’re living in a world gone mad. And carrying concealed weapons just to feel safe isn’t the answer either. Violence only begets violence. Your poem certainly calls attention to a madness that we have created and that we must end. An excellent write!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 18, 2021:

I enjoyed reading it Brenda

These lines are WOW!!

Virtual hands link together across the universe,

praying in different languages

hoping to find an end to this madness.

So true it is, Thanks a lot for sharing

Blessings always

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Peggy,

I'm with you. We need more love in the world.

Somedays I think the whole world has gone mad & I slept through it all...then waking up in a nightmare.

Take care.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2021:

I thought that you were addressing the killings in the Atlanta Metro Area yesterday. It is so sad that there is so much violence. It seems to be spinning out of control. We need more peace and love in this world of ours.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Amara,

Thank you.

This is one I wish were not true.

Sadly, it seems to be happening everywhere.

Take care.

Amara from Pakistan on March 18, 2021:

You are so right Brenda, people are going mad everywhere, and innocent people get killed for no reason.. Really sad to know about the incident happened in your town..

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Pamela,

Thank you.

It is sad that we can just be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Innocent people do get hurt when they least suspect it.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Manatita44,

Thank you.

I'm with you...Peace...Peace..

This is desperately needed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Rosina,

Thank you.

I was pondering this word when it just hit me how mad this world is getting.

I am trying to write one with a lighter mood.

Thanks and have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Liz,

It is sad. We don't usually have alot here, but the crime rate has been increasing.

There has been alot of break ins, drug crimes, etc.

It breaks my heart when our community used to be a nice little piece of heaven.

Times change.

Take care.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2021:

Unfortunately, your excellent poem describes the world we live in now. It is heartbreaking that people are shot for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Having a shooting like you described in a small town is so heartbreaking. This is a good poem for these times, Brenda.

I think some of the violent games are part of the problems, and of course the TV.

manatita44 from london on March 18, 2021:

A mad world indeed!!

Peace ... peace; peace! More Peace in the Heart needed!

Rosina S Khan on March 18, 2021:

Brenda, you wrote this poem on the prompt word, "Madness" from a totally new perspective- about the things that cause us harm and fear and how for protecting and keeping us safe, we carry concealed weapons. Good job! Very well composed. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 18, 2021:

It's so sad to hear of the acts of violence in your local area. Your poem strikes a chord and is well-written.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Ann,

Thanks!

I live in a very small town so when something happens everyone seems to know about it before it hits the news.

But the shootings in the nearby mall...that is happening more often.

Once in awhile we do see something good on the news....but not as often as we would like.

Glad you liked the angle I took with this one.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 18, 2021:

What a terrible thing to happen, Brenda! Your poem conveys the fear and the fact that so many awful things go on around the world. That said, they are the things that get into the news; I've long advocated that we should have much more good news broadcast, as the majority of us are good people, I believe.

Good angle on madness.

Ann

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