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We Do Don't We?


I don’t travel under the hot dusty sun
Or eat two day old leftovers ‘cause that’s all I have
But I know there’s people who do
I know there’s people who do

Nobody ever beat me up for passing leaflets
Or got fired for say what’s true
But I know there’s people who have
I know there’s people who have

But you know I’ve said goodbye before their time
I can never get used to losing a good friend
Whether they walk the earth
Or watch from heaven as I cry
And I know you aren’t used to it either
I know you’re not

I’ve never had to pray over dirt for grass
Or walk the highway without a car
But I know there’s people who will
I know there’s people who will

There’s only another falling star that’s really not
A moon that can’t decide which shadow to wear
A bright light we’re not supposed to look at
But yes we do feel it all don’t we?
Yes we do don't we?
Yes we do don't we?


Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on February 11, 2018:

I try not to be too much of an idealist. Many of the things I write are really just targeting my own nature and reminding myself of how things should be in my heart.

Dr Kulsum Mehmood from Nagpur, India on February 10, 2018:

Hi Mark. Thank you for your comment. You have a very correct perception of life. As an individual we can try and make tiny contrbutions from our side towards easing out the pain of under privileged persons by offering help in small or big ways as per our capacity and circumstances. I hope for a better tomorrow for all and wìsh to see a wonderful peaceful world always.

Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on February 10, 2018:

Hi Kulsum! Thank you again...

Lately there are four movies that I find myself watching and thinking about constantly these days: The Grapes of Wrath, Bound for Glory (the Woody Guthrie story), Salt of the Earth and El Norte. All of them involve very poor laborers and people who migrate to better themselves while being exploited and abused by those they encounter or who hire them to pick fruit or wash dishes. These are great movies to watch because no matter if they are intended to garner sympathy or even if they are propaganda pieces because they do make you think about those who were born under a bad sign or bad times and are struggling to get a foothold on the shores of a life beyond poverty and sickness.

It's the worst thing to be trying your hardest under dire circumstances and to be marginalized by others who had advantages. This is not a conversation about white privilege. This is about having those parents who gave you that push in life like they did when you were learning how to ride a bike.

I believe breaking the cycle of poverty is very difficult. It is hard to sacrifice your entire life just for your children. To work all those jobs, eat right, get your sleep, not look for comfort in a bottle or a pill and live for another being for years just so they can finally be the one in the family to move to the next level. We forget that the mind is very fragile and even people in a "good situation" can end up with hang-ups that stunt their emotional intelligence. Imagine not having any confidence or support. Imagine being around a bitter parent that takes it out on you as a child. The mind can be bruised and broken and it doesn't seem to heal like a broken bone or a cut. We are not trained to endure mental illness in others (especially in our parents) or to overcome our background. People just say work harder. Everyone shows up at work with their hang-ups. We are developed to perform a task and work as a team. But how do we know how to handle an unreasonable or unfair situation day in and day out? And that is a challenge for college educated people who at least have a marketable skill. What about those who are uneducated and are seen as disposable? Nobody develops them. They just discard them and get another one and ride their initial gratefulness for the job. But then the cycle of disillusionment begins all over again.

I hope I hope too remain blessed.

Dr Kulsum Mehmood from Nagpur, India on February 10, 2018:

Liked your composition Mark. We are so blessed as to spend our lives in comfort. Truly said that there are people out there who are facing so many hardships and lack comfort in their daily needs.

Stay Blessed.

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