by Betty Blair

From Azerbaijan International, Spring 2004 (AI 12.1)
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(Summer 2003)

I'd like to think the world
Would be a better place
If people knew
More poetry, song
And art.

But am I only fooling myself?
Can this ever pass?
This terrible period
Of moral decay
Of moral degradation
If we fail to latch onto idealism and possibilities.

I reach out and feel the evil-
The untruth, unfairness-all around me.
The injustice. Death.

Tell me the world is getting better.
Lie to me.
Tease me with hope.
Give me just one glimmer of light.
I so much want to believe
In a world destroying itself with skepticism and disbelief.

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