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23. ONE F#%#ING WAR AT A TIME

So many wars out there raging
So many casualties it feels like a crime
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just get it down to
One fucking war at a time

There’s a war on drugs going nowhere
A war on terror nobody can win
A war on the poor being waged by the rich
A war on the fat being waged by the thin

There’s war between Christians and Muslims
There’s war between the left and the right
There a war between Main Street and Wall Street
War raging all day and all night

There’s war between haters and lovers
There’s war between the young and the old
There are wars that serve just one purpose
In the market where guns are bought and sold

There’s new war starting tomorrow
Bringing with it a new set of fears
And try as may, youcan never put an end to
The war exploding between your ears

So many wars out there raging
So many victims it feels like a crime
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just get it down to
One fucking war at a time

31. THE REAL POETS

The real poets
Don’t sit around in some cheesy coffee shop
Scribbling in a dollar store notebook

The real poets
Are not the angst ridden hipsters
Who could never please their fathers

The real poets
Don’t lead inspiring seminars
On Shakespeare versus Dylan
To the nouveau illiterate

The real poets
Are on the phone at 3am
Wondering if this notion they have
Is a thing than can help the world

The real poets
Are dressing wounds
In some hospital emergency room
Or on some battlefield somewhere

The real poets
Are working 24/7
To keep the status quo
From sinking to the point
Where it eats all of us alive

The real poets
Are too busy taking things
To the next level
To spend time reflecting
On how shitty the old level can be

The real poets
Are baking bread at 6 am
Over on the Danforth

The real poets are sitting
On the beach
Marveling at the sunrise
With ideas bubbling in their heads

The real poets
And driving their kids to ballet
And karate and soccer practice
And loving every minute of it.

The real poets
Could not write a poem
If you held a gun to their head

The real poetry
Is the everyday living
The constant caring
The love you share
With the people you love
The love you receive
Unconditionally

The real poets
Are the givers
And the real poetry
Is the gift of receiving

Jim Murray
Jim Murrayhttps://www.bebee.com/@jim-murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on beBee.com. I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.

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