Societal Gripes

A short collection of poems (some previously published, some new) having to do with current issues in society. Specifically created for Salamasunny's competition.

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5. How Many Roads Must a Man Walk Down?

How Many Roads 

(Inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams which was in turn was inspired by the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan)

 

How many roads must a man walk down,

before he reaches his goal?

How many paths must a man travel through,

until he finds his soul?

 

Where does a person’s true spirit reside,

if what they live isn’t true?

How do they find who they really are,

and what they travel through?

 

How many people must a man meet,

before he forgets your face?

How far must a man travel,

before he loses his place?

 

Where can a person find himself,

lost in a sea of lies?

How long must he continue the search,

before he gives up and dies?

 

How many dollars must a man make,

before he is satisfied?

How many horrors must he endure,

before his pain is justified?

 

Where on earth can hope remain,

if there’s nothing but despair?

How can people live as kings,

with suffering everywhere?

 

How many lives must a man save,

to atone for all his sins?

How many gambles must a man take,

before he finally wins?

 

Where are risks when life is one,

in living day to day?

How can life be reasoned with,

when we’re just thrown away?

 

How many lives must a man touch,

before his purpose is done?

How many battles must a man wage,

before the war is won?

 

Where can a man find happiness

if he can’t make it within?

How can he seek it out,

something he’s never been?

 

How many hearts must a man break,

before he hurts his own?

How many people must a man leave,

before he’s all alone?

 

Where is love when a man needs it,

to warm his frozen heart?

How can he expect to give,

what only rips apart?

 

How many rules must a man follow,

before he starts to rebel?

How many days must a man think,

before he breaks his shell?

 

Where is courage when it is needed,

to right the wrongs of life?

How does someone begin to repair,

the bickering and strife?

 

How many roads must a man walk down,

before he reaches his goal?

How many paths must a man travel through,

until he finds his soul?

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