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Utopia, a Poem

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.

Nowa Huta in Kraków, Poland, serves as an unfinished example of a Utopian ideal city. (photo by Piotr Tomaszewski, fly4pix.pl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl)

Nowa Huta in Kraków, Poland, serves as an unfinished example of a Utopian ideal city. (photo by Piotr Tomaszewski, fly4pix.pl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl)

Utopia - a place of state of ideal perfection

— The Macquarie Dictionary

Utopia

Does there exist a perfect place,

The ideal society,

Where no one lives in poverty

And basic needs are free?


A place where all are equal,

Where there is no crime or greed.

Where everyone can follow

A clearly stated creed.


A society where all have jobs

Or make things they can share,

And there is no need for money,

Free school, health, and aged care.


This place has no economy,

There is no rich or poor.

where no one owns a weapon,

And no need to lock your door.


Where everybody has a home,

A roof over their head,

And everyone is welcome

To share the wine and bread.


Where no one's seen as different,

Nor judged by coloured skin,

But everyone contributes

With what they can put in.


Where diversity is cherished

And new ideas embraced,

So all citizens have input

In the running of this place.


Is this the famed Utopia

That man has often sought,

Or just some golden chalice

Our hopes and dreams to thwart?


Oh, how I wish for such a place,

Though it's probably pipe-dreams,

For the reality is not so kind

As good as all this seems.


For people are so different,

One bad seed can spoil a crop.

Then everything can tumble down,

Bring perfection to a stop.


But, I will not give up the hope

That one day we shall see

A perfect world for everyone,

And "what will be, will be!"


New Harmony by F. Bate (View of a Community, as proposed by Robert Owen) printed 1838.

New Harmony by F. Bate (View of a Community, as proposed by Robert Owen) printed 1838.

© 2019 John Hansen

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